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ST11: Rangers lose to Padres on Saturday, 9-5

With only 11 games played so far, a theme has cropped up. Something Rangers fans can relate to over time. The starting pitching stunk. AJ Murray was the stinker-du-jour today. Two innings, six hits, one walk, four earned runs. Kam Loe, who seems to be pitching himself down the pecking order in the last 12 months followed, going one inning, allowing two hits and two runs. That’s six of the nine the Pads got right there.
The only real offensive highlight for Texas was Kevin Mench’s three run home run in the seventh inning. That closed the Rangers scoring. We did have two other runs, but they both game on singles by Mike Young and John Mayberry, Jr. Ian Kinsler had a double, but that was it. Seven hits in all. One homer, one double, and five singles. Not a major offensive threat.
That’s mostly due to San Diego’s Greg Maddux & Wilfredo Ledezma. Between the two of them, they went six innings, allowing two runs and three hits (Ledezma also walked two). The big damage was against their third pitcher (Heath Bell).
Not much going on for the Rangers this Saturday. The loss drops us to 5-5-1 for the spring.