Another great start from a Rangers pitcher was wasted.
Kyle Gibson allowed one run in six innings. But it eventually was one run too many because the Rangers lost 2-1 to the White Sox.
Out of twenty-one games played this year, Texas has scored two or fewer runs in ten. That’s nearly half their games played with offensive futility.
In the past eight games, they’ve scored just one run three times.
The offense isn’t getting it done. The pitching is.
If you can’t score runs, you can’t win. It’s been that way from the beginning of baseball. There are no special COVID rules that change that.
What’s frustrating is, they got eleven hits, two more than the White Sox. But they just couldn’t get a hit when it mattered.
They left a runner at second in the first with less than two outs. They left runners at second and third in the fourth. They left a runner at second in the fifth. They left two runners in the sixth. Got a runner thrown out at home in the seventh.
Only a Willie Calhoun solo shot in the top of the ninth kept them from being shut out. It wasn’t even their old nemesis the strikeouts that got to them today. They struck out just six times.
It was a failure to get the hit when they needed it.
But, as manager Chris Woodward says, it’s a process. Maybe we need a better process.