The Texas Rangers were looking for their first series sweep of the season as they faced the Tampa Bay Rays in the final game of their three-game series earlier this afternoon at the Ballpark at Arlington. Though the Rangers certainly had their chances, several times in fact, the Rays held the Rangers offense in check all day, shutting them out in the end.
Rays pitcher Matt Moore pitched a solid 5.1 innings. Though he finished the game with a career high six walks, he struck out five batters and held the Rangers to just one hit and no runs. The Rays staff came in to preserve the shut out and give the ball club a 2-0 win.
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland had a great game of his own, pitching eight innings and giving up just five hits and two runs. Though he got better as the game wore on, retiring 12 of the last 14 batters faced, the offense gave him no run support, giving Holland his second loss of the season despite two solid starts.
Texas had plenty of chances throughout the final 4 innings, but a lack of timely hitting cost them in the end. Noticeably absent from the lineup were two of the Rangers top three hitters this season; newly acquired Rangers Lance Berkman, who is batting a team best .480 this year and also leads the team with a whopping seven RBI in just eight games, and A.J. Pierzynski, who is currently batting .346, both had the day off.
At the end of the day, it’s difficult to get a sweep in MLB, and the Rangers will have to settle for winning the series. The lack of offense is nothing for Rangers fans to be worried about at this point of the season. Some days you have it, some days you don’t, and today it simply wasn’t the Rangers day.