The expectations for the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers are completely different going into the 2019 season. The Cubs are coming off a season during which they made the playoffs for the third straight year. On the other hand, the Rangers lost 95 games last year and finished in the cellar of the American League West division. They are just trying to be respectable during a rebuilding process. Needless to say, great things are expected from the Cubs this year. The same cannot be said for the Rangers. However, the Rangers gave the Cubs all they could handle in the first series of the season at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Rangers had a pair of thrilling comebacks in the final game of the series. The Rangers beat the Cubs 11-10. Neither of the starting pitchers were effective in the game. The Cubs definitely had the clear advantage where their starting pitcher was concerned. Former Ranger ace Cole Hamels started for the Cubs and gave up five earned runs on six hits in only five innings of work. This is definitely not the type of performance that the Cubs are expecting from Hamels after they gave him a huge contract. As bad as Hamels was, Rangers starter Lance Lynn was even worse. Lynn was battered for 10 hits and seven earned runs in 5.2 innings. However, he did not take the loss because his teammates bailed him out.
The Cubs built up a 4-0 lead in the game. The Rangers then exploded on Hamels and scored five runs to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. However, the fireworks were only getting started. The Cubs would then go back in front again and take an 8-5 lead. They were not able to hold it. The Rangers rallied yet again to score four more runs and lead by a score of 10-8. The Cubs did not give in. They came back to score a pair of runs and tie the game at 10 runs apiece.
The Rangers would eventually score the final run of the game and win by a final score of 11-10. Fans who like offense were definitely happy about the results of this game. This series as a whole was a bitter pill to swallow for the Cubs. They lost two out of the three games to a team that has much less talent than them.