Opening day 2015. The Rangers are playing in Oakland. Sonny Gray is on the mound for the Athletics. Yovani Gallardo for the Rangers.
Yes, Yovani Gallardo. This is one year after Tanner Scheppers pitched the season opener.
Scheppers. Then Gallardo.
Loss. Then loss. Shocker, huh?
Last opening day the Rangers got one hit. One. They lost 8-0. Ryan Rua punched a harmless single to lead off the eighth inning. That was the sum total of the offense. Oh, and Elvis Andrus committed an error.
This year the Rangers got one hit. And, like clockwork, Elvis committed an error.
The Rangers didn’t have much offense at all again. Fortunately, they bunched it all in one inning. Three Felix Hernandez walks, two Mariner errors and one Prince Fielder bloop scored three runs. It wasn’t really a hit. It was more like an accident.
And it wasn’t like a rally. More like a gift.
The difference between this year and last year is pitching. Cole Hamels gave up a home run in the first and in the second. And that was it.
With that, the Rangers win opening day. Imagine the possibilities if they got two hits.
Sorry, just dreaming.
Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington
Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.54) vs. Martin Perez (3-6, 4.46)
Game Time: 7:05