There’s no way to sugar coat the latest loss. It’s devastating. Adrian Beltre left last night’s game with a strained left hamstring. He said “it’s not feeling great.”
Whatever sliver of light was remaining over the Rangers’ season made its final flicker if Beltre is lost for any significant time.
Of course, Beltre goes down driving in a run. He hit what would normally be a double to score Shin-Soo Choo and cut the Athletics lead to 3-2 in the seventh.
The offense stopped from that point on. In more ways than one.
So what is left is trying to look for bright sides.
Maybe Beltre’s injury opens up an opportunity for Willie Calhoun, with Gallo shifting to third, where he is going to end up anyway once the Rangers trade Beltre at the deadline.
Maybe their plans just moved up ahead of schedule.
It would be a real home grown infield, with Ronald Guzman at first, Isiah Kiner-Falefa at second, Jurickson Profar at short and Joey Gallo at third.
It’s the infield of the future. Now.
Now all the Rangers have to do is figure out where they are going to find offense in that mix.
Kendall Graveman (0-4, 10.07) vs. Doug Fister (1-2, 3.95)
Game time: 7:05