A pair of teams going nowhere this season finish up a weekend interleague set in southern California. The Texas Rangers conclude a three game road series with the San Diego Padres Sunday afternoon. Texas won the opening game of the series by a 4-0 count on Friday night to give themselves a chance at winning the series regardless of what happened Saturday. The pitching matchup for the middle game of the series Saturday night saw Ariel Jurado take the mound for Texas. He was scheduled to face San Diego’s Eric Lauer with the first pitch set for 8:40 pm ET.
Texas Rangers Try to Close West Coast Swing on Positive Note
Texas finishes up a nine game California road trip here hoping to close strong: their win Friday gave them a 2-5 mark on the trek. The Rangers improved to 63-84 on the season and trailed the Astros by 29 games in the AL West entering Saturday. Jurickson Profar (two runs, three RBI) led Texas with three hits in the win. Adrian Beltre (run) and Delino DeShields each had two hits in the contest. Connor Sadzeckdidn’t factor in the decision as a starter as he threw one scoreless inning: he allowed no hits with a walk. Yohander Mendez (2-1) picked up the win with five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Mike Minor takes the mound to make his 27th start of the year in this contest. He comes in 12-7 with a 4.19 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 34 walks and 121 strikeouts over 146 innings of work this season. Minor earned his sixth win in his last seven starts his last time out, which came on the road against the Angels Monday night. He threw six innings, allowing one run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a 5-2 Rangers triumph. Minor is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, six walks and 17 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts. He makes his seventh career appearance and sixth start against the Padres here. In those contests, he is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA, a 1.404 WHIP, seven walks and 20 strikeouts over 31.1 innings of work. Minor is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA, a 2.471 WHIP, three walks and two strikeouts over 5.1 innings in two career appearances, one start, at Petco Park.
San Diego Padres Look for Win in Series Finale
San Diego had their three game win streak snapped as they were blanked in the opening game of this series. The Padres fell to 59-89 on the season and entered Saturday 22.5 games behind the Rockies in the NL West. San Diego finished with only five hits in the game with Franmil Reyes the lone player with two hits in the contest. The Padres were zero for four with runners in scoring position in the contest. Robbie Erlin (3-7) pitched well but ended up taking the loss on the mound. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Jacob Nix is expected to make his seventh big league start for the Padres in this contest. He comes in 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA, a 1.433 WHIP, nine walks and 16 strikeouts over 30 innings of work. Nix recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came last Sunday on the road against the Reds. He threw four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in an eventual 7-6 Padres triumph. Nix is 1-1 with a 5.89 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, four walks and nine strikeouts over 18.1 innings in his last three starts. He makes his first career start or appearance against the Rangers in this contest. Nix is 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA, a 1.333 WHIP, six walks and nine strikeouts over 21 innings in four career starts at Petco Park. he has made 10 minor league starts this season, nine for Double-A San Antonio of the Texas League and one with Triple-A El Paso of the Pacific Coast League. Nix is 3-3 with a 1.84 ERA, a 0.903 WHIP, nine walks and 44 strikeouts over 58.2 innings of work.
- Padres are 0-6 in their last 6 home games vs. a left-handed starter
- Padres are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Padres are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing record
- Rangers are 4-0 in Minor’s last 4 road starts
- Rangers are 4-0 in Minor’s last 4 starts with 5 days of rest
- Rangers are 7-1 in Minor’s last 8 starts vs. a team with a losing recor