Starting pitcher Joe Saunders and the offense were both abysmal as the Rangers fell 7-1 to the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yard.
Saunders gave up four home runs to the Orioles, allowing six Baltimore runs to be scored. The first two came in the first, with a Steve Pearce knocking out a two-run blast, and Adam Jones hitting a solo homer of his own. J.J. Hardy collected another solo home run for the Orioles in the second, and then Pearce hit another two-run homer in the fourth.
“He was missing his spots” said manager Ron Washington. “Leaving balls in the middle of the plate up, and early in the game they didn’t miss.”
Saunders has yet to win a game for the Rangers, and now has an ERA of 6.13. It would be one thing if Saunders was a rookie, but he’s a veteran that you would expect to make better adjustments throughout the season. Saunders shouldn’t be a part of the rotation, but unfortunately for the Rangers it doesn’t seem as if there is anyone else available for the job.
The Rangers managed to put one run on the board in the fifth, with a little help from former Ranger Chris Davis. Leonys Martin walked, and Rougned Odor singled to put runners on the corners for Michael Choice. Choice grounded to Davis, who made a throwing error, allowing Martin to score.
Texas hitters were only able to acquire four hits off Ubaldo Jimenez, who was coming into today’s game having not won a game at home all year, and with an ERA of 4.70. Though Jimenez has struggled with walking batters this year, he only walked one Ranger Monday night, and dominated the strike zone.
“We were down early, and Jimenez was throwing a pretty good game out there” said Washington. “I think if we could’ve stayed up there with him, scratched some runs here or there, he wouldn’t have been so good.”
Baltimore scored an additional run in the seventh, when Hardy singled and Jonathan Schoop doubled to put two men on with only one out. A sac fly from Caleb Joseph allowed Hardy to score, and would give the Orioles their final run of the day.
After Saunders exited the game, Shawn Tolleson, Ben Rowen and Scott Baker each posted a shutout inning, preventing Baltimore from extending their league any further.
Nick Martinez takes the mound for the Rangers Tuesday, as they look to to break a two-game losing streak. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.