Even though the Rangers have had a nice run of late with three wins in a row, walk off heroics, first major league hits, steals of home, there’s no getting around Jordan Lyles.
The Rangers got a surprise good start from Mike Foltynewicz. There’s only so much tempting of fate this team can expect. Following up that with a quality start from Jordan Lyles is too much to ask for.
Lyles gave up six earned runs in 5.2 innings. Dennis Santana did what Dennis Santana does. Kept throwing fuel on the fire. And, Josh Sborz has never seen an outing where he can’t contribute a run or two.
It was all the usual suspects. Including the thirteenth error of the season from Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
All in all, it was the coming back down to earth you’d expect from a 100-loss team that was unable to match its previous winning streak of four from late June. The turned around and lost sixteen of their next twenty-one.
This game can turn around fast. After all, any rotation with Foltynewicz and Lyles cannot expect good things to last.
It’s sort of the opposite of the “Spahn then Sain then pray for rain” poem. Folty and Lyles and the losing streak piles.