Were it 2020, today would have been the season finale as today was the Rangers’ 60th baseball game this year following a 60-game slate a year ago.
Last year, the Rangers finished 22-38 with the worst record in the American League. This year, through 60 games, the Rangers are 23-37 with only the third worst record in baseball. So, progress?
The Rangers and Kolby Allard allowed two first inning runs to the Rays and then the two squads could have basically just taken the rest of their Saturday off as nothing else of note happened until a solo Manuel Margot dinger in the top of the eighth.
Nevertheless, the Rangers will have a shot at a series win tomorrow in the finale.
Player of the Game: Allard deserved a better fate as he allowed just those two runs to the American League’s top team in five innings with six Ks to just one walk as he adjusts to rejoining the rotation.
Also, Demarcus Evans did Demarcus Evans things with three strikeouts in two innings of relief following Allard’s outing.
Up Next: The Rangers and Rays close out this series with a matinee rubber match. RHP Dane Dunning will make the start for Texas opposite a starter yet to be named for Tampa Bay. Sunday’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 1:35 pm CT.