As noted by AJM on Twitter during this contest, today’s starter Dane Dunning had allowed 31 earned runs so far this season with 30 of them coming in odd numbered innings compared to just one run allowed in even numbered innings.
In today’s game, he allowed two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third inning to run the total to a 34-to-1 split.
I don’t know why this continues to happen but I would like for it to stop.
Dunning at odds cost the Rangers as those four Twins runs proved to be enough as the Rangers could only muster a back-to-back solo home run flurry for their offensive production. And thus, the Rangers were swept.
Player of the Game: Adolis Garcia and Joey Gallo were responsible for those two runs with their back-to-back blasts in the bottom of the sixth. Garcia added a double while Gallo singled and walked today.
Also, a shout out to the bullpen as a quartet of Taylor Hearn, Brett de Geus, Joely Rodriguez, and Spencer Patton combined to toss five scoreless innings with four hits allowed, zero walks, and three Ks.
Up Next: The Rangers — almost unbelievably — welcome the Athletics to Arlington for a four-game set in the first matchup between the division mates this season. RHP Kyle Gibson will make the start for Texas against RHP Frankie Montas for Oakland. First pitch in Monday’s opener from Globe Life Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.