Jordan Lyles got himself into some trouble early, late tonight in Seattle. That’s not really surprising as Jordan Lyles is often in trouble when pitching for the Rangers — after all, he’s now sporting a career 6.44 ERA in his 20 starts with Texas.
Before this becomes misconstrued, Lyles wasn’t the problem tonight as the right-hander acquitted himself well after he coughed up three runs through the first two innings before finishing his night with a quality start with a heaping helping of strikeouts.
However, after the Rangers were held scoreless by the M’s in last night’s contest, giving up early runs was the last thing Texas needed as, even though they didn’t have much of a mountain to climb down 3-0, the two runs they were able to muster eventually made the Mariners’ three look Everestian.
The Rangers did attempt a John Blake peck-away theory comeback special with a run in the fourth and one in the fifth but the final tally to even the score eluded them despite a few late rallies and they’re now stuck with their worst record of the season with five games left on this road trip.
Player of the Game: Despite the loss, Lyles’ 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K line represents the best the Rangers had to offer tonight.
Up Next: It’s another late one for the Rangers and Mariners tomorrow night with RHP Mike Foltynewicz expected to make the start for Texas against RHP Justin Dunn for Seattle. Saturday’s first pitch from T-Mobile Park is scheduled for 9:10 pm CT.