After the Rangers had their worst road trip of the entire time I’ve followed the team, I definitely was not expecting them to end their losing streak against Gerrit Cole and the Yankees tonight. With Jordan Lyles on the mound for Texas, this one seemed like a seventh L in the making.
Nevertheless, for as much as baseball has grown predictable to some folks, sometimes the ol’ game’ll still have a surprise for ya.
The real reason to be amazed tonight was Lyles outpacing Cole as the Yankees’ ace lasted only five innings where he struck out just seven Rangers and even walked two batters after coming into the game with a miniscule 0.51 BB/9 rate. In fact, until tonight, Cole hadn’t issued a walk since a start on April 12.
Cole allowed all five Rangers runs for his worst outing of the season by far. Cole hadn’t coughed up even as many as three runs in any one start so far in 2021 before tonight’s implosion. Meanwhile, Lyles went six innings and allowed one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out six Yankees.
With the win, the losing streak is over and the Rangers can look forward to trying to secure at least a series tie tomorrow night.
Player of the Game: Willie Calhoun doubled and homered and drove in a run and scored a run and is slashing .287/.350/.479 as he finally finds himself in the lineup each and every night.
Of note, Adolis Garcia also blasted a dong and is among only eight other batters in the majors with at least 11 homers so far this season.
Up Next: The Rangers and Yankees will reconvene tomorrow night with RHP Mike Foltynewicz set to start for Texas against RHP Jameson Taillon for New York. Tuesday’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.