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Thoughts on a 6-3 Rangers loss

Rockies 6, Rangers 3

Texas Rangers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Rockies 6, Rangers 3

  • And the beat goes on.
  • As always, when the team is losing, it feels like they will never win another game. It definitely feels that way right now.
  • The Rangers had a lead after three innings of this game, and on the broadcast they mentioned it was the first lead the Rangers had had at the end of an inning on the road since...May 13, I think? Something like that. Anyway, for the first time on this road trip, definitely.
  • Jordan Lyles got the start and had some issues but ultimately gave up just three runs in five-plus innings of work. He had the exact same number of strikeouts, walks and wild pitches — two apiece — so that’s fun and neat.
  • The tipping point was the fifth inning. Lyles gave up a single to start things off, and then was lifted for Demarcus Evans. Evans got an F9 then walked the eighth place batter, bringing up the Rockies’ pitcher, Antonio (I think its Antonio? I don’t feel like looking it up to make sure) Senzatela. Surprisingly, given it was the bottom of the sixth inning and the Rockies were down one, he wasn’t lifted for a pinch hitter. Instead, he laid down a bunt, putting runners at second and third with one out, and bringing up Raimel Tapia.
  • Tapia went after the first pitch from Evans, a slider, and got under it, blooping a softly hit ball out into center field. Adolis Garcia — playing deep because, well, its Colorado — came in and made a diving attempt at a catch, but the ball fell in for a double, two runs scored, and that ended up being the winning runs for the Rockies.
  • Evans pitched a scoreless seventh, Taylor Hearn gave up two more runs in the eighth, the Rangers didn’t score again, and that was that.
  • It was frustrating.
  • Two hit games for Willie Calhoun and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Brock Holt, Adolis Garcia and Nate Lowe all had hits. Texas drew only one walk on the day, and of course, it was by Joey Gallo.
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  • Willie Calhoun had the top exit velocity today, a 109.8 mph ground out to lead off the game. Nate Lowe had a 105.8 mph ground out and a 103.4 mph single. Adolis Garcia had a 100.2 mph line out in the third.
  • Taylor Hearn was the hardest throwing Ranger of the night — interestingly (at least to me), he had a 97.6 mph fastball and a 97.5 mph fastball, but the rest of his four seamers were mostly in the 95.9-96.6 range. Jordan Lyles hit 94.6 mph. Demarcus Evans topped out at 93.6.
  • The road trip from hell ends this afternoon. Will the Rangers break the losing streak? Will they go winless on the trip? The anticipation is killing me.