A long night of baseball came to a disappointing end for the Texas Rangers. They were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 1-0 in 12 innings at Globe Life Park on Friday night in front of 26,000 fans. The game clocked in at an even four hours. The Blue Jays were trying to get back on the winning track after a disappointing start to their road trip. They were swept in three games by the Los Angeles Angels to fall three games below the .500 mark. The Rangers also have not been playing very well of late. They lost two games to the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier in the week. Both teams have a losing record and are trying to improve.
Trent Thornton was the star of the game on the Blue Jays side of the ledger. He pitched seven innings and did not allow a single run to score. It was his best start in 2019 so far. Toronto has very high hopes for Thornton. They really like his arm and expect big things from him in the future. It remains to be seen if he will be able to live up to Toronto’s very lofty expectations.
Mike Minor also enjoyed a stellar start for Texas. He pitched eight innings that were scoreless before he finally hit the showers. It has been a very solid season for Minor so far. His earned run average is now 2.40 and his walks and hits allowed per inning pitched is now under one. There is no question that Minor is now developing into one of the better pitchers in the league. There are rumors that the Rangers are going to be offering him a long contract extension in the near future. It is always risky to invest too much money in a pitcher. However, it might be in the Rangers best interests to take a chance on giving Minor some security.
The bullpen for the Blue Jays has been a big concern for the team so far in 2019. However, the relief pitchers came up big for Toronto on Friday night. Five different relievers combined to throw five scoreless innings to seal the win. It was truly a team win in every way. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said that he was very proud of his team’s effort in the win. Rangers manager Chris Woodward also did not have any complaints about the way his team played.