Thoughts on a 7-4 Rangers win
April 7, 2021 9:22AM CDT
- Welcome to Texas, Dane Dunning. The prize from the Lance Lynn trade made his Rangers debut today, the lead part of the tandem starter setup slotted into the fifth spot in the rotation. He gave up a home run to the third batter he faced, Bo Bichette, and then gave up a single to Teoscar Hernandez, creating a low level panic among Rangers fans everywhere that the one young pitcher the Rangers had picked up this offseason was going to let them down.
- Dunning then retired Vlad Guerrero Jr. to end the inning. Dunning followed that up by allowing just one baserunner — Randal Grichuk in the second on a single — over the next four innings. Dunning was at just 70 pitches after five innings, but the team is being cautious with him in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, and with Taylor Hearn lined up to pitched the second part of the tandem, Dunning was done after five innings.
- Final line for Dunning: 5 IP, 3 hits, 0 walks, 1 run allowed, 6 Ks. A pretty impressive debut.
- Taylor Hearn followed up Dunning with a pair of innings, one good, one shaky. Hearn had a 1-2-3 sixth inning, but created problems for himself in the 7th. With one out, Hearn walked Little Vlad, then gave up a single to Lourdes Gurriel. A wild pitch allowed the runners to advance to second and third before Hearn could retire Rowdy Tellez on strikes. With Grichuk up with two outs, Hearn unleashed another slider that catcher Jonah Heim couldn’t block, and though there appeared to be a chance to end the inning with a play at the plate, the toss from Heim to Hearn, covering home, wasn’t handled, giving the Jays their second run. Grichuk then singled home Gurriel for the second run assigned to Hearn’s ledger before Hearn finished off the inning.