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Thoughts on a 4-1 Rangers loss

Mariners 4, Rangers 1

MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners 4, Rangers 1

  • A .500 road trip, rather than a winning road trip.
  • Don’t get me wrong, I think we will all take a .500 road trip right now. I’m not complaining. It would have been nice if the Rangers could have won today, is all.
  • Mike Foltynewicz came into today tied with Robbie Ray for the A.L. league in home runs allowed, at nineteen, and one behind Kyle Hendricks, who has allowed twenty. Ray pitched today and allowed a home run. Hendricks pitched today and didn’t allow a home run.
  • Foltynewicz, however, allowed a pair of home runs today, a three run shot by Luis Torrens and a solo shot but Shed Long. That means he’s currently leading the majors in home runs allowed, at twenty one.
  • In seven innings, Foltynewicz allowed just two hits of the non-homer variety. He allowed just one walk, and hit a batter. He wasn’t bad, but for the home runs.
  • Ian Kennedy pitched the eighth. He allowed a hit in a scoreless inning. I guess he needed the work.
  • It was a motley performance by the Rangers bats. Two hits by Nate Lowe, two hits by Brock Holt, and a hit by Adolis Garcia was it, as far as productivity went today from the hitters. Apparently Chris Flexen was vexin’.
  • Bleah. It was a big bag of blah on the holiday. I’ve got nothing meaningful to say about it, really.
  • Joey Gallo’s ninth inning groundout was the hardest hit ball of the game for the Rangers, at 109.3 mph. Adolis Garcia had a fly out at 101.5 mph, and David Dahl had a 102.3 mph fly out. That was it for Rangers hitters reaching triple digits with their exit velocities.
  • Folty reached 95.8 mph on his fastball today, while Kennedy hit 95.3.
  • Enjoy the rest of your holiday, and let’s look forward to the Rangers doing something tomorrow as they start the final home stand before the All Star Break.