G53: Our losing streak reaches 3 on Friday with a 2-1 loss to the Royals

Aw dammit. A team we were expected to stomp on continues their odd mastery of us by taking a pitcher’s duel on Friday night by the score of 2-1.
Pedro Astacio took the hill for the Rangers and had a good performance. He gave up just two runs in his seven innings pitched. I could whine about that, but then I look at what Roger Clemens is going through this year, and it could be a lot worse. Still, one hates to waste a good pitching performance by the most inconsistent of our starting pitchers. That’s exactly what we did by scoring only one run, and that run was not exactly a power display.
Our offense was asleep on Friday night. KC’s Hernandez isn’t exactly a bad pitcher, but he isn’t one you would expect to give up just one run over six innings, but that’s what he did. The Royals threw out three relievers who threw shutout ball, so we couldn’t mount any kind of comeback.
The saving grace is that the entire AL West lost last night, so we remain .5 of a game back of the Angels for first place.
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