Coming off news that Prince Fielder would be having season-ending surgery on a herniated disk in his neck, and Jurickson Profar re-injured his shoulder rolling over in bed, the Rangers desperately needed a win Friday night. Instead, they would settle with a 7-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
The Rangers got on the board first in the second inning, when a Mitch Moreland double scored Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios, but their lead was short lived, as Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, to tie the game at two.
Back-to-back doubles from Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera in the third gave the Tigers the lead. From there, the Tigers continued to put runs on the board, while the Rangers offense fizzled out.
Starting pitcher Scott Baker earned his first, and possibly last, start as a Ranger, giving up six runs in six innings. Baker gave up two home runs and only earned one strikeout as he struggled to gain control. It’s terrifying to think that Joe Saunders could make his return and take Baker’s spot in the rotation, but I have to believe it’s a strong possibility.
To make the Fielder news even more salty, Kinsler hit three doubles, scored three runs, and had a RBI of his own against his former team.
Texas won the last two days games they played, so three consecutive days games seems like an alright deal at the moment. Nick Martinez takes the mound Saturday for the Rangers. Game time is slated for 3:08 p.m. CT.