I am tired of the Texas Rangers making me feel overly negative about baseball so I will say something nice: Despite allowing a grand slam in four consecutive games — a dubious MLB record! — the Rangers didn’t back down last night in San Diego and in fact rallied several times only to lose because Rob Manfred doesn’t like baseball and has decreed that endings be fabricated.
Tonight, despite starter Kolby Allard giving up four runs before getting the boot before the first frame concluded against a putrid Seattle Mariners team, the Rangers still fought. Texas got as close as 6-4 in the middle innings. They tried. That’s something, right? I’m really doing my best here!
The Rangers were ultimately beaten 7-4 and have lost six straight since they inexplicably found themselves above .500. On the bright side, they didn’t allow a grand slam.
Player of the Game: Kyle Cody made his MLB debut tonight. It would have been nice if it had come in a Rangers win but it’s still a special moment. Cody wasn’t really even on the radar as recently as a few days ago as a guy who had been beset by injuries in his minor league career and had never performed above high-A ball.
So how did Cody do in his first professional outing since 2018 where he pitched all of five innings in rookie ball? 1P, 0 H, 0 R, 0 B, 3 K.
That’s one heck of a story.
Up Next: The Rangers will attempt to put an end to this accursed losing streak with Jordan Lyles getting the call against LHP Justus Sheffield for the Mariners. Saturday night’s first pitch from always Safeco Field is scheduled for 8:10 pm CT.