The Texas Rangers tried to see what life would be like with the roof open tonight but it backfired as the Seattle Mariners were the ones to take advantage of the conditions by collecting 15 hits on the evening with three of them leaving the warmed up ballpark.
Every Mariner in the lineup had at least one hit and, of course, the biggest one of the night came off the bat of Kyle Seager as he cranked a grand slam in his first game at the new park. It doesn’t matter when or where or how the Rangers play Kyle Seager, he just does that.
Seager’s home run accounted for four of the Mariners’ runs while the red hot Kyle Lewis went 3-for-5 with a walk and provided three of the runs with his own home run.
Player of the Game: Big ol’ shrug from me. The Rangers weren’t getting to enjoy Mike Trout’s squad sliding around on banana peels tonight like they did over the weekend so no one looked particularly good. Texas blew their chances to break the game open early and ended up going 1-for-9 with RISP while leaving ten on base.
However, Taylor Hearn got a modicum of vengeance in his 2020 debut as his second career appearance tonight came against these same Mariners that slapped a career 108.00 ERA on him in his big league debut last April.
Hearn pitched the Rangers out of a jam in the top of the fifth but two of his subsequent baserunners were charged to his ledger on the Seager slam an inning later.
A relief pitcher allowing two runs in an inning of work will have to stand in as our positives for tonight.
Up Next: Mike Minor will have a short leash in tomorrow night’s game against these Mariners with Seattle turning to LHP Marco Gonzales to make the start. Tuesday’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 8:05 pm CT.