Think about when you woke up as a Rangers fan on Monday morning. Texas dropped the third game to the Rockies in a game where the club trailed 10-3 and had the tying run at the plate in the 9th inning. Kolby Allard has a struggling start, but the Rangers took the series from Colorado and won seven of their last nine. Jordan Lyles had an excellent first inning on Monday, but the top of the second Monday started a downward spiral that felt like it kept going down. “It’s probably the toughest loss I’ve been around,” Rangers manager Chris Woodard said after a deflating tenth inning loss Thursday night. It became one of many straws breaking against this Texas Rangers ball club.
Chris Woodward speaks with the media following tonight's extra inning loss, in tonight's @FrontierCorp manager interview.#TogetherWe pic.twitter.com/ya6KbvwLLX
— Bally Sports Southwest (@BallySportsSW) August 21, 2020
In the past four nights, the Rangers stirred the unwritten rule pot that caused the sports world to collectively flip out, lost Chris Woodward for a game, and Ian Gibut for two due to a suspension. Also, the club made MLB history, the wrong way, by allowing a grand slam in four straight games. Thursday’s S”lam” Diego Padres (yep, I said it) slam was the sixth grand slam allowed by Texas in 2020, which matches the most in the past twenty years. The bad luck didn’t stop there. The Rangers lost Willie Calhoun for at least three weeks due to a hamstring injury he suffered on Wednesday due to a Danny Santana ejection in the previous at-bat. The club placed Elvis Andrus on the injured list with the back issue he’s been dealing with the past few days, and Shin-Soo Choo is dealing with calf soreness.
THEY HAVE DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
WELCOME TO SLAM DIEGO!!!!!!! FOR THE FIRST TIME IN @MLB HISTORY, A TEAM HAS HIT A GRAND SLAM IN FOUR CONSECUTIVE GAMES!#FriarFaithful | @Padres pic.twitter.com/mquDD31ybF
— FOX Sports Slam Diego (@FOXSportsSD) August 21, 2020
Thursday’s loss to the Padres in extra innings did bring out the power of the offense. Jose Trevino hit the first homer of the season by a Rangers catcher; Nick Solak tied the game in the ninth with a clutch home run. Danny Santana missed a grand slam to center but drove in three runs on a three-run double. However, Jesse Chavez allowed two home runs in the eighth. The one positive note in the four-game sweep is the club had an opportunity to tie and win each of the final three games. Chalk those up as the better team executing in the San Diego Padres. “It’s tough, I mean that’s baseball though,” Woodward said after Thursday’s loss. “We’ve all been a part of it, and we have to hold our head high and come back and fight again tomorrow.”
There have been 19 Grand Slams hit in 2020. The #Rangers have allowed 6 of those 19 (31.6%) and 4 within this week and 5 in the last 10 days.
— Alex Plinck (@aplinckTX) August 21, 2020
It’s a lot to overcome with a three-game series coming up in Seattle. The Mariners dropped three of four to the Dodgers this week, and a series in Seattle may be the right medicine for Texas to wake up. However, after the Seattle series, Texas welcomes two of the better teams in baseball in the Athletics and Dodgers. The one saving grace is that after all of this turmoil and disappointment, thirty-six games remain on the 2020 schedule. It doesn’t seem like a lot but think about everything witnessed in the first thirty days of the 2020 season. Yes, we still have more than a month remaining, there’s still time to turn things around (sounds crazy, right?)
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