Maybe the five-run eighth inning of Wednesday’s game was a fluke. Maybe the offense didn’t get a wake up call.
For one pitch, it looked like all the talk that the Rangers new ballpark was a dead zone for offense might just be warranted. Turns out it’s the Rangers lineup that’s the dead zone.
Of all the Rangers, Shin-Soo Choo seemed to be the most animated about how balls were dying in The Shed. He would shake his head in amazement after every ball he felt he struck well ended up dying in an opposing outfielder’s glove.
So, when Shoo drilled the first pitch of the game over the wall in center field in San Francisco’s Oracle Park, it looked like the Rangers offense finally found a home. On the road.
But, that optimism proved to be short-lived. All they could muster was six hits and two runs. After taking a brief 2-1 lead in the third, the Rangers never scored again. They left bases loaded in the fourth and never threatened after that.
Mike Minor wasn’t sharp but the Rangers won’t win too many games scoring only two runs.
The Giants are not good. This is a team the Rangers really need to beat if they have any hope of being one of the sixteen playoffs teams at the end of this crazy 2020 season.
Somebody has to figure out how to hit.
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