The Rangers were unable to earn a sweep against the Mariners, as they fell 5-1 in their final game in Seattle.
Brad Snyder hit the first home run of his major league career, a solo shot to left-center to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second inning, and their only run of the game.
“I’m not going to lie, I’ve been waiting for that first big league homer for a long time” said Snyder. “It’s a big sigh of relief to get that first one, especially on Father’s day.”
Endy Chavez lead off the fifth with single for the Mariners, and then Robinson Cano walked to put two men on for Ranger killer Kyle Seager. A double from Seager would score Chavez and Cano, giving the Mariners the 2-1 lead.
The Mariners would extend their lead in eighth, when Seager once again hit a RBI double, this time scoring Cole Gillespie. Back-to-back singles from Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley would allow Seager to score, and finally a sac-fly from Brad Miller would score Zunino for the final run of the inning. All three runs would be given to Robbie Ross.
“I know he doesn’t miss our mistakes” manager Ron Washington said about Seager. “The first couple days we did a good job at holding him down, but today every time we left a pitch over the plate he didn’t miss it.”
It was a much improved performance for starting pitcher Nick Martinez, who was able to go six complete innings, giving up only two runs and nine hits. Though Martinez was given the loss, his command over multiple pitches is what truly stood out.
“He found his secondary stuff today” said manager Ron Washington. “He threw a lot of changeups, breaking balls, and with Nick he needs all his pitches to move through a batting order, and today he did that.”
Martinez’s performance wasn’t perfect, but compared to his last start, where he gave up 8 runs in two innings pitched, it was certainly a positive sign of progression.
“You’ve always got to make progress in this game” said Martinez. “It was definitely a step in the right direction, but unfortunately we didn’t get the win.”
Rangers fans got their first look at submariner Ben Rowen who made his major league debut in the eighth inning. Rowen allowed a sac-bunt, sac-fly and groundout in the three batters he faced.
The Rangers now head south to face the division leading Oakland Athletics. Game time is slated for 9:10 p.m. CT.