- Eric Martinez
The Rangers are starting off to a shaky start, losing twice to the Blue Jays
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dane Dunning had a difficult bottom of the 1st inning to start the game. Dunning allowed 2 runs on 3 hits to set the tone for the remainder of the game. During the first inning Toronto Blue Jays fans caught a glimpse of what newly acquired starting pitcher, Kevin Gausman, can bring to a stellar starting rotation. Besides giving up a double to shallow left field to Marcus Semien of the Texas Rangers and a sacrifice fielder’s choice RBI to Former World Series MVP, Corey Seager, Gausman gave up 3 runs, 8 hits allowed and an ERA of 5.40 in 5 innings.
The story of the game for the Texas Rangers came after the 3 runs were scored at the top of the 3rd inning with runs scored by Jonah Heim, Brad Miller, and Marcus Semien (RBIs: Semien, Lowe, Seager). The remaining six innings, not only did they not produce any runs, but also they only accumulated 2 hits in 6 innings. One of the keys to the game, according to Texas Rangers Head Coach Chris Woodward, was to take advantage of runners in scoring position. Not only is it key to score runs against a team that has a high powered lineup, but in order to do that the Texas Rangers batters must be more patient and disciplined to generate base runners to even have that opportunity. Toronto got the go-ahead hit in the 6th inning, when pinch-hitter Santiago Espinal doubled to drive in the winning run just after Bo Bichette solo homered in the 5th to tie the game. One of the bright takeaways for the Rangers this year has been First Baseman, Nathaniel Lowe. He has gotten off to an impressive start with a batting average of .444 and a total of 3 RBIs. Today he did bat 2 for 4 with a RBI.
Tomorrow’s finale game is the last one for the series in Toronto and the Rangers will try to get their first victory of the season before the home opener in Arlington on Monday. The final score tallied Toronto Blue Jays 4, Texas Rangers 3. Winning Pitcher for the Blue Jays: Trevor Richards (1-0), Losing Pitcher for the Rangers: Brett Martin (0-1), Save (TOR): Jordan Romano (2).