ANAHEIM, Calif. – Conclusion: A cool and gray weekend in strangely dreary southern California: The Rangers made a quality start for the first time this season on three consecutive days, yet managed to lose the series to the Angels.
That's life with a far from perfect squad.
On Sunday, the Rangers had no choice but to use the people who usually live in the extreme corners of the bullpen to protect a head start. It was not a successful maneuver. Jeffrey Springs and Kyle Dowdy, none of whom had pitched last week when Rangers scored five wins in six games, allowed six runs to claim a 7-6 loss to Los Angeles in the seventh inning. The loss left the Rangers behind after 50 games at .500 (25-25); On Saturday night, they had three outs in front of them when they captured the second wildcard slot in the AL.
That says it all: The Angels made the start and their last run on wild fields. They came in a row from a rusty Dowdy.
"This one falls to me," said manager Chris Woodward. "These guys need to do more, if they do not pitch, I do not expect them to be perfect or sharp, we've played a lot of tight matches lately, and I have not used them, that's my fault." It is not always about the risk of winning or losing a single game, but about getting everyone involved and keeping them sharp. Let's call it success: The Rangers had played six games in a row, which were decided by one or two runs, and with his best pieces, Woodward had often led the team to a winning streak of five games that were over 500 points.
But there is always a price to pay: Shawn Kelley (four outings in five days), Jesse Chavez (three outings in four days) and Jose Leclerc, who did not jump well after 23 pitches on Saturday, needed All Sunday's free, so Woodward Springs took a four-lead lead after Ariel Jurado had worked his way up to a career high of 94 in his seventh inning career.
Springs was the first runner who allowed four consecutive hits, the last of which is a double by Mike Trout, it could be worse than beating Trout 3-1
Dowdy l hit the tie on a victim fly by Shohei Ohtani and gave Kole Calhoun a deliberate run. He only missed Jonathan Lucroy with a fastball in first place and came back with a curveball bouncing off Isiah Kiner-Falefa in front of the plate. This was the starting signal. The next field, a fastball, also bounced off, allowing a seventh run to score. The Rangers could not recover.
"If you keep contacting people with high levels of debt, you'll eventually end up with people who have not beaten in high-debt situations," Woodward said. "We have to use everyone out there."
Short : The Rangers enter their three-game series with Seattle with a five-time winning streak over the Mariners, outperforming them by 46-15 in that time. They have not won against Seattle six times in a row since 2011. LHP Taylor Hearn, who retired last month for an elbow infection, will launch a throwing program in Arizona on Monday. That would probably give him at least a month to return to games.
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