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M’s 5, Rangers 4

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M’s 5, Rangers 4

  • What an irritating game.
  • Should I have been surprised though? All sorts of factors conspired to make this a game expected to be lost by Texas.
  • It was a Friday game, and the Rangers are now 0-5 on Fridays in 2021.
  • It was a chance to get to .500, and the Rangers are now 1-7 in games where they are a game under .500.
  • And while I haven’t independent verified this, someone in my mentions on Twitter said they are 0-4 while wearing those hats.
  • Mike Foltynewicz gave up four runs on a pair of two run home runs and now has allowed a major league high 11 home runs on the season.
  • More irritating is that the winning run got on base when Taylor Trammell had a check swing two out bloop double that just barely fell in fair. Trammell was the first batter Josh Sborz faced, having relieved Foltynewicz with two outs in the seventh, and a Mitch Haniger single then brought him home.
  • Texas had opportunities to tie the game. First and third and one out in the seventh, only to see Willie Calhoun hit into a double play. A lead off Nick Solak single in the eighth erased by Nate Lowe’s second double play of the game. A David Dahl ninth inning double that went to waste.
  • I got frustrated after the Lowe 8th inning GIDP so I missed Joey Gallo trying, unsuccessfully, to get a bunt hit with two outs in the 8th. That’s probably for the best.
  • I blame it on Friday. Or maybe the hats.
  • Nate Lowe did hit a home run, which is good. Nick Solak had three hits, and Willie Calhoun and Adolis Garcia each had two hits.
  • Josh Sborz was the high velocity Ranger pitcher yesterday, touching 97.8 mph. Mike Foltynewicz hit 96.5. Both Joely Rodriguez and Brett Martin topped out at 94.8 mph.
  • The Lowe home run was 108.2 mph off the bat. Nick Solak had a 104.7 mph single and his one hitless at bat was a 100.2 mph ground out. David Dahl’s ninth inning double had an exit velocity of 103.3. Joey Gallo had a 106.4 mph groundout. Willie Calhoun and Charlie Culberson had singles of 105.9 and 105.5 respectively. Adolis Garcia had a 104.8 mph single.
  • Stupid Friday games.