The Rangers won Game 3 of the World Series 3-1 over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. But somehow it seems they lost.
Max Scherzer left after three innings with a lower back strain.
Adolis Garcia left in the eighth after pulling something in his back on a swing.
And, in the biggest loss of all, Aroldis Chapman left the game perfectly healthy and available to pitch again.
This mighty offense that the Rangers brought into the World Series has been tamped down. They scored six in the first game, yes, but half of those came after two were outs in the ninth. They scored one in the Game 2. And just three in Game 3. Yet, they are up two games to one.
But if Garcia is lost for any amount of time, this sluggish offense will be hampered even further. Jonah Heim and Leody Taveras have yet to get a hit. Nathaniel Lowe got his first hit last night. He joins Mitch Garver in the Only One Hit club. Lowe’s hit was huge, though, a double that ended up becoming the game’s first run.
So now, it’s time to light the candles. Find the four-leaf clovers. Say incantations. Hang the dream catcher. Burn the incense. Give whatever ritualistic chants you have to help bring Garcia back soon.
The Rangers are going to need the baseball gods to shine down on them and get Adolis Garcia on the field. And Chapman off it.