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Thoughts on a 10-6 Rangers loss

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Rockies 10, Rangers 6

Texas Rangers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Rockies 10, Rangers 6

  • This was an ugly, unpleasant game. Kolby Allard wasn’t good as the starter, the defense was all sorts of gross, and a late rally after several starters had been pulled meant that the Rangers almost were faced with Rob Refsnyder batting in a key situation in the ninth instead of Joey Gallo, because Gallo had been pulled because the game was a blowout.
  • Allard gave up 6 runs in three innings of work. He was undermined by his defense but also didn’t pitch well.
  • Juan Nicasio, added to the active roster yesterday, made his Ranger debut and gave two runs in the fourth. That was not good.
  • Wes Benjamin made his Ranger debut in the fifth inning. This was also the major league debut for Benjamin, a fifth round pick in 2014 out of the University of Kansas. He also allowed two runs in his inning of work, but still, it’s obviously a special, memorable day for the lefty.
  • Taylor Hearn had a scoreless inning. That was good to see.
  • Jesse Chavez and Jimmy Herget each had a scoreless inning as well, so, you know, huzzah.
  • The offense wasn’t good. The six runs is somewhat misleading — they had just six hits on the day, albeit with six walks. Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor each homered, and the homer for Odor hopefully gives him a shot in the arm, given his recent struggles. That said, Odor’s home run was high but not terribly deep, a ball right down the line that was just fair and not really barreled up. Odor also had a botched throw on a potential double play that led to a big Rockies inning. Time may be running out for Rougie.
  • Todd Frazier had two more doubles. Elvis Andrus had a double. Danny Santana came into the game for Shin-Soo Choo, having just been activated from the injured list, and picked up a single and a walk.
  • Gallo’s homer had an exit velocity of 104.3. Todd Frazier’s doubles were 104.8 and 103.1. Nick Solak had a GIDP with a 102.8 mph exit velocity, and Scott Heineman and Elvis Andrus had outs that were 102.0 and 100.3, respectively. Elvis’s double had a 99.9 exit velocity.
  • Juan Nicasio topped out at 96.3 mph tonight among the Rangers pitchers, while Taylor Hearn hit 96.1. Kolby Allard touched 93.4, but generally was at 91-92.
  • Bad end to the series, but the Rangers are at .500 one-third of the way through the season, and took two of three in Colorado. Things could be worse,