The Rangers had five hits today which is a major improvement over Friday’s contest but they could have used a few of the runs that they scored in Saturday’s loss.
Down 1-0 following a fourth inning Trent Grisham dinger, Texas had their chances with rallies in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. With the tying run in scoring position in each of those frames, they couldn’t get the base hit to even the score.
A ninth inning Manny Machado solo shot off of Ian Kennedy proved to be the backing-breaking insurance that San Diego wouldn’t even need.
With the loss, Texas closes out their first homestand of the 2021 season 2-4 where they are averaging 2.5 runs per game at The Shed.
Anyway, here’s a cool highlight of a player driving in a run:
Player of the Game: Mike Foltynewicz didn’t have swing and miss stuff today, as he was only able to garner three strikeouts during his start, but he was able to keep the Padres off the board for most of his outing except for Grisham’s second eventual game-winning dinger in as many days.
Overall, Foltynewicz allowed that one run on two hits and three walks in seven successful innings on 91 pitches. That’s a good outing for a player the Rangers are hoping that they hit on for a bounceback season. In a world where the Rangers had a good lineup — or better RISP success — he’d have been a winner today.
Up Next: The Rangers travel to Tampa Bay to open up a four-game series against the American League champion Rays on Monday. RHP Dane Dunning will make the start for Texas against RHP Tyler Glasnow for Tampa Bay.
First pitch in the opener from Tropicana Field is scheduled for 6:10 pm CT.