ARLINGTON — Really, Rangers?! It was the game built up as the beginning of a 5-game series grudge match between two teams that couldn’t stand each other, but there was just one problem — only one team decided to show up.
The Rangers ace known as “Hollywood” Cole Hamels had a performance more suited for Skid Row. Already down 2-0 in the top of the 3rd with the bases loaded, Hamels gave up a 3 run triple to make it a 5-run deficit.
Although, it appeared center fielder Ian Desmond may have gotten a case of alligator arms when he got near the wall.
Hamels would eventually leave the game after giving up 6 earned runs in 3 and a third innings for his worst ever postseason start.
After the game, Hamels talked about his struggles on the mound, “I think when you give up the amount of runs that I did early in the game you kind of deflate anything and everything of what home field advantage really is. So it’s a major let down.”
The Rangers would go on to lose the game 10 to 1, but manager Jeff Banister reminded everyone that this is a 5-game series, “Not going to say that that’s how we drew it up for Game 1 however it’s one game.”
The good news is that the Rangers won’t have long to pout about this loss. They get a chance at redemption Friday at Noon.