Monday night’s game was one of a kind and a favorite for fans who enjoy seeing runs scored, as the Rangers fell 17-7 to the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians were the first on the, with two groundouts and a single scoring producing three runs in the first. The Rangers responded with a run of their own, when Daniel Robertson lead off the inning with a walk, and then scored on an Adrian Beltre groundout.
A back-and-forth pattern continued in the second, where starting pitcher Nick Martinez officially crumbled. Martinez gave up a solo homer to George Kottaras, and then with two-outs a double to Asdrubal Cabrera, walk to Michael Brantley, two-run single to Jason Kipnis and finally, a two-run homer to Lonnie Chisenhall.
“I don’t know that nothing went right for me” said Martinez. “I was just nibbling a lot and trying to be too fine with my fastball and I put myself in a hole”.
Scott Baker came in to pitch for the Rangers, and sac-fly from Kottaras score David Murphy to give the Indians an additional run in the third. The Rangers then had a big inning of their own, with a Luis Sardinas leadoff walk followed by an Elvis Andrus double. Sardinas scored on a wild pitch, and Andrus on a groundout from Shin-Soo Choo. Beltre hit a single, and then Alex Rios hit his eighth triple of the year, giving the Rangers another run.
The runs continued in the fourth as Brantley hit a solo homer, and Chisenhall hit his second two-run blast of the game. For the Rangers, Michael Choice hit a solo homer of his own, and then Sardinas reached on an error and scored on Robertson’s first double of his major league career.
With the exception of a RBI double for Brantley in the sixth, the runs slowed down for a bit, until the eighth inning. Back-to-back singles from Cabrera and Brantley were followed by a single from Kipnis to score Cabrera. Chisenhall then came up to bat, and hit his third home run of the night, giving the Indians the 17-6 lead.
Baker left the game after giving up the blast to Chisenhall, and Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross came in to finish out the game. In the five innings he pitched, Baker was able to gain control for brief periods of time, but in the end, gave up nine runs that allowed the game to get further out of control.
“The job of a long man, especially in games like tonight, is to at least keep the game where it was and allow the team to score some runs” said Baker. “I didn’t do that tonight. I don’t care about numbers, it’s just about getting the team the innings they need.”
A solo home run for Robinson Chirinos narrowed the Indians lead to ten in the eighth, and produced the final run of the game.
A three hour and twenty minutes game was extended eight minutes in the sixth, when home plate umpire Jim Wolf was hit in the head with a foul ball, and had to leave the game.
The good note for the Rangers once again comes from the minors, as Joey Gallo made him Double-A Frisco debut. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the game tied up at four, Gallo hit a walk off three-run blast to give the Rough Riders the win.
Hopefully for the Rangers, the pitching gets under control as Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins head to Arlington Tuesday. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.