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 Post subject: Rangers’ regulars were out of the game for some rest ahead
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:56 am 

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On the scale of must win games, the one the Texas Rangers played Sunday was at least an 8.

Many, including some Rangers players, would say it was a 10.

There aren’t many games remaining — 20 to be exact — and opportunities to gain ground in the wild card chase are dwindling. A victory over the New York Yankees would have allowed the Rangers to gain ground.

A.J. Griffin , Nick Martinez and the Yankees’ hitters didn’t allow that to happen, and instead of gaining a game in the standings on the Minnesota Twins, the Rangers missed for the second straight day.
Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each connected for two solo homers, and Griffin and Martinez combined to surrender nine runs in the game’s first 3 2/3 innings as the Yankees rolled 16 7 to claim the weekend series.

The good news, while it was also bad, is that the Rangers find themselves only 2 1/2 games out of the playoffs. But opportunities were wasted Saturday and Sunday after winning the series opener.

“It was a tough day,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Obviously, you’d like to win a series. We need to win baseball games. That’s a quality club. They’ve got good hitters up and down the lineup. But, yeah, you’d like to be able to beat the club that’s in front of you, and we don’t get to play them again.”

The Rangers’ record sits at 71 71, back to .500. Their next 10 games are against fellow wild card contenders the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels, so more opportunities exist to improve their playoff chances.

The Twins and the Angels are the only teams ahead of the Rangers, pending the Baltimore Orioles’ outcome Sunday night.

“It’s going to be challenging, but it’s right there,” shortstop Elvis Andrus said. “They are right there with us in the wild card, and those are the teams you want to play.”

But the Rangers didn’t look like a contender Sunday, as Griffin allowed five runs in three plus innings and Martinez allowed four while recording only two outs as the first man out of the bullpen.

Griffin said that he felt fine on the mound and that nothing was different than any of his previous outings. He was clearly upset to be pulled after only 59 pitches and with the score 3 1.

“They got a couple runs off me,” Griffin said. “I just go out there and try to get guys out, and I wasn’t able to last long enough, I guess.”

The Yankees led 9 1 after 3 1/2 innings and 13 4 after batting in the eighth. By that time, the Rangers’ regulars were out of the game for some rest ahead of their four game series against the Mariners beginning Monday. The extra arms in the bullpen mopped up as the winning pieces rested.

Rougned Odor came out of the game in the fifth, though due to injury. The second baseman Jake Diekman Jersey was diagnosed with a mildly sprained left ankle after he was taken out by Nomar Mazara as they chased a pop up down the right field line.

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