The Texas Rangers led 1-0 just one pitch into the game when Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff home run. After the Giants tied it 1-1, a Joey Gallo double plated Rougned Odor to make it 2-1 and it looked like the late innings offensive outburst from Wednesday would carry over in Texas’ first road trip of the season.
Instead, the Rangers went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position (the hit didn’t even score a run), had six total hits, left ten on base, didn’t score again for the rest of the night, and saw their second lead eventually become a 9-2 loss. The Giants scored five, all with two outs, off of Mike Minor in the middle innings. And then, just to put things to bed, SF added three more off of Luke Farrell in the seventh.
Texas’ biggest opportunity to crack the game open and give Minor some wiggle room came in the top of the fourth when the Rangers still led 2-1 and had loaded be bases with two out but Odor popped up on the first pitch he saw.
It was a big RISP difference tonight.
Player of the Game: Choo’s home run was nice. Then like three more hours of baseball had to happen after that.
Up Next: The Rangers are back at it tomorrow night in San Francisco where Jordan Lyles will make his first start of the season against a to be determined starter for the Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 pm CT.