Two on. Ninth inning. One out. Down by one run.
Who do you want up? The top of your lineup. Presumably your two best hitters. The two guys you lavished with long-term, hundred-million-dollar contracts.
Marcus Semiem pops up mildly on an 0-2 pitch. Not advancing a runner.
Corey Seager lines out to center. Game over.
The Rangers lost 2-1 against one of the worst teams in baseball. This Texas team has an uncanny inability to take advantage of golden opportunities.
Every time that beacon of .500 is sitting just off the horizon, so close they can touch it, they run away.
Dane Dunning did what Dunning does. He pitched well at home. After six innings of one-run pitching last night, Dunning is sporting a 2.83 ERA in The Shed. But a 6.03 ERA on the road. Someone needs to get him a better travel agent or a more comfortable airplane pillow or something. The man does not travel well.
The Rangers did what they do as well. Provide little support to Dunning when he starts. Only seven starters in baseball average fewer runs per game of support than Dunning.
Last night Texas was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. And they left ten runners on base, including those two precious runners in the bottom of the ninth.
It seems when Dunning takes the mound, Rangers hitters take the night off.