The M’s bullpen actually only had to pitch THREE innings tonight.
The Rangers killed the M’s all night long with their speed (in the form of bunt base hits, infield singles and hustle doubles) but, even with that, the M’s had a chance as it went to the bottom of the 9th tied at THREE . . .
and then the dreaded “walk-off walk” 😦
ON the MOUND
Tai was the first pitcher to give the M’s more than FIVE innings since Kuma’s no-hitter last Wednesday. Considering the competition, he did really well tonight and gave them every shot to win . . .
SIX innings ~ TEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts
} then Edgar (no, not that Edgar!), “new guy” just called up from AAA had a very nice debut, going ONE.TWO innings.He allowed ONE hit (TWO-out double in the 8th) and Tom came in and got a ground out to end the inning.
} Nando had a tough go: that Ranger speed really hurt him with the first TWO hitters reaching via bunt base hits (not sure I’ve seen that before). But then, Nando didn’t help himself (or his teammates) by loading the bases on a HBP, giving a glimmer of hope when he struck out Prince but, in the end he issued a bases-loaded walk
AT the PLATE
A little more of yesterday’s O would have been nice . . .
~ Only EIGHT total hits and only ONE for extra bases (Guti’s RBI double)
~ Every hitter but Robbie (who had FIVE yesterday) got ONE hit
~ Kyle had the other RBI and also stole a base
~ Cruz’s hit extended his ‘on base streak’ to TWENTY-EIGHT
IN the FIELD
* The M’s turned TWO DP’s (and one was started on a doozy of a play by Ketel!)
* They had a rough one turned against them, Kyle hit a deep fly ball fielded by Choo who then threw a “no-bounce” lazor to nail LoMo at the plate (preventing what would have been the go-ahead run at the time)
tweets of the game . . .