After Wes Benjamin won the rotation spot vacated by an injured Kohei Arihara, the lefty couldn’t make it out of the second inning tonight in Houston as he allowed three runs before collecting a sixth out.
But then Brett de Geus allowed four runs in a third of an inning. And then starting candidate Hyeon-Jong Yang allowed three more runs in his four innings of worth. The trio of pitchers allowed a season-high tying eight free passes, as well. Taylor Hearn had to come in for a couple of scoreless innings to stop the bleeding.
That’s not going to fly with Zack Greinke on the mound for the opposition and tonight the whole Rangers team had to wear this one. Not that this is a big surprise considering the Rangers are now 0-fer the entire season (0-6) on Fridays while being outscored 38-18 on the weekend harbinger.
In fact, the first time the Rangers played on Friday this season, they were no-hit by the Padres. I still blame the hats.
Texas has now lost four in a row since they made the climb all the way back to .500 and are now in danger of tying their season-worst mark of five games under if they can’t solve the Astros tomorrow night.
Player of the Game: Um, well, Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 3-for-4 with a double and scored two of the scarce Rangers runs tonight.
Up Next: The Rangers will turn to RHP Dane Dunning an hour earlier in Houston looking to best RHP Luis Garcia and bust up the losing streak against the Astros. Saturday night’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:10 pm CT.