ARLINGTON, Texas — We saw a little bit of everything on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field — almost a little too much.
One night after the Texas Rangers won handily by a score of 8-3, the Oakland A’s returned the favor with a 13-6 shellacking of Taylor Hearn and the Rangers.
Hearn, who replaced Jordan Lyles, made his second career start for Texas, with a remarkable 789-day gap between his first big league start in April 2019 until Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Hearn, he didn’t fare much better than he did on that dreadful night in Seattle.
The 26-year-old southpaw only recorded two outs in the first inning before Rangers manager Chris Woodward opted to go to the bullpen. Hearn was charged with four runs on the night, which put Texas in a deep hole early.
“Talking to him before the game, I don’t think it was a nervous thing,” Woodward said of Hearn. “He just didn’t have good command. He was all over the place. I think that was the biggest factor there.”
On a night that was supposed to be dedicated to rest, Jordan Lyles was asked to log some mop-up innings to salvage the bullpen. Lyles turned in a solid six innings of relief, giving up two runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.