Nick Tepesch pitched well, but Garrett Richards pitched better.
That was the no. 1 explanation of the Rangers’ shutout loss Friday night in Arlington that came from manager Ron Washington.
“It’s tough when you have to face a guy like Richards who has tremendous stuff,” Washington said.
Richards (11-2, 2.55 ERA) was a finalist for the American League All-Star team for a reason, Elvis Andrus said.
“He’s pretty tough to pace,” Andrus said. “The season he’s having is for a reason. You don’t know what’s coming – he can cut it and control his breaking pitch the way he wants to.”
Richards shut the Rangers down, allowing just five hits over his seven innings of shutout baseball. He outdueled Tepesch, who recorded just the second quality start for the Rangers in the last 12 games.
Washington attributed most of the Rangers’ offensive struggles to Richards, avoiding the subject of uninspired plate appearances from Shin-Soo Choo, who struck out three times on Korean Heritage night at Globe Life Park, and Leonys Martin, who went hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring position.
- Noticeable change after team meeting Thursday: “It was a lot better for sure,” according to Andrus.
“We were more engaged,” Washington said. “We finally got a well-pitched job, we just couldn’t score. Tep pitched better. I was pleased with the way we came out and played tonight.”
- Adrian Beltre extended his hit streak to 15 games with a single in the third inning.
- After hitting at a .405 clip (17-for-42) in the series opener, the Angels went hitless for the first 3.1 innings and recorded eight hits in the game (.250 BA).
- The Rangers have used 29 pitchers this season. The franchise record is 30 and the MLB record is 37.