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Tuesday newsletter time: Latest Rangers loss follows familiar recipe

(Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports)

 

ARLINGTON — The Rangers’ rotation has pitched well enough in the past four games to win all four of them.

The offense and the bullpen have not. The defense has been a little too leaky as well.

Add it up, and the Rangers are riding a season-long four-game losing streak. Their latest defeat Monday night, 7-0 to the Guardians, came after they entered the eighth inning in a scoreless tie.

Michael Lorenzen was great, allowing only one hit in seven innings. He didn’t care for the four walks he allowed, but at the end of his day, his team had a chance to win.

And didn’t.

The offense managed only four hits and failed to produce a run in the sixth after loading the bases with one out. Cleanup hitter Adolis Garcia struck out, again, and Josh Smith’s long at-bat ended with a broken-bat roller to second.

The Guardians broke through against Jose Leclerc (3-3) and Jacob Latz in a four-run eighth that included only one hard-hit ball but a wonky through from center fielder Leody Taveras and what should have been a passed ball against Jonah Heim.

Owen White retired his first three hitters of the season, but Cleveland added three runs before he did.

The starters can only do so much.

“That’s the game,” Bochy said. “You’ve got to pick each other up there.”

The offense, he agreed, is in a funk. The Rangers have scored six runs in the past four games. Garcia’s woes stand out. He’s 7 for 49 in his past 12 games and seems to be coming up empty with chances to drive home a run, his first-inning RBI single Sunday notwithstanding.

“Throughout the lineup we’re not swinging the bat the way we normally do,” Bochy said.

So, what’s a manager to do?

“You’ve got to trust them,” Bochy said. “They’re your guys.”

Leiter, Part 3

The Rangers will try to halt their four-game losing streak with Jack Leiter on the mound for his first career home start. He has allowed 13 runs in his first two MLB starts, but the Rangers have won both games as the offense has scored in droves.

Bochy insists that Leiter was better in his last start, last week at Oakland. He was more efficient. In fairness, the Rangers have played some lousy defense behind Leiter. Their outfield defense hasn’t been particularly inspiring for the past week. A rookie needs all the help he can get.

But Leiter wasn’t good enough against the A’s. His command was lacking, the result of which was two long home runs over his four innings. He had trouble putting hitters away, which he worked to address during his Friday bullpen session.

As putting on a big-league uniform becomes more normal, the results should tick up. The Rangers are also want him to pitch his game and throw what he’s comfortable throwing, rather than just sticking strictly to the game plan.

They’re still trying to get to know Leiter, just as he’s trying to get to know the big leagues.

 

Ring news

The Corey Seager World Series replica ring giveaway is tonight for the first 15,000 fans. That’s less than one-third capacity if the game is a sellout, which the Rangers inform it is not. Plenty of good seats available, but fans probably should be in line early if they want the ring.

Gates open at 5 p.m.

More ring giveaways are on the horizon, and the Rangers have heard calls that 15,000 rings aren’t enough. How does 29,000 sound? The Marcus Semien ring giveaway June 4 will be 15,000, but Adolis Garcia (July 23) and Nathan Eovaldi (Aug. 15) will be 29,000.

The ring grand finale is a day game Sept. 22. The mystery ring giveaway will be boosted to 29,000, and fans will receive a replica ring from either Seager, Semien, Garcia or Eovaldi.

The Rangers will also have six Diamond Days theme games, all afternoon starts, with mini-giveaways of 2,000 rings for Bruce Bochy (July 25), Josh Jung (Aug. 21), Evan Carter (Sept. 1), Jonah Heim (Sept. 8) and Josh Sborz (Sept. 19).

Each of those games requires a theme ticket, which can be purchased at rangers.com/themenights.

Doggy video!

A Mother’s Day treat for herself. Enjoy.

 

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. Monty W May 14, 2024

    Holy moly. We came up from Houston for tonight’s game. Got here plenty early & had a late lunch at Hurtado’s. We got to Parking Lot V when the gates opened at 4:30. There were SO many people already in line. It was bananas. It wasn’t that busy on Opening Day ‘23. Fortunately, we did get a ring!!

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