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Grant: Rangers start Banister epoch by flirting with wrong kind of history

OAKLAND, Calif. – Hey, it could have been worse.

They could have been no-hit.

Actually, for 7 innings, they were.

The Jeff Banister managerial epoch in Rangers story began Monday by flirting with story – a wrong kind of history. On a proceed to an 8-0 detriment to Oakland, a Rangers went a initial 7 innings opposite A’s starter Sonny Gray though a hit. It wasn’t until Ryan Rua led off a eighth with a pointy singular off Oakland starter Sonny Gray that a Rangers were means to equivocate going down as a second group in story to be no-hit on opening day.

“We did have some barreled balls, though all credit to Sonny,” Banister pronounced shortly after evading being a initial manager to ever be no-hit in a season-opening debut. “He’s means of doing that on any given night. He finished us work.”

Bob Feller threw a usually opening day no hitter in 1940 opposite a Chicago White Sox. Jimmy Dykes was good into his managerial reign in Chicago on that fatal day.

The singular amounted to nothing. Rua was fast doubled off initial on a ship by Mitch Moreland. It was that kind of opener for a Rangers. Nothing went right. Nothing.

The Rangers finished adult apropos a initial group to be one-hit on opening day given Montreal did it to Pittsburgh in 1991. That was a bar for that Banister had his sole vital joining at-bat after in a year.

Starter Yovani Gallardo, whom a Rangers are counting on for innings some-more than anything else, gave adult a triple and a homer in a initial and unsuccessful to make it by five. Elvis Andrus threw divided a initial round strike to him. The hitters were desirous opposite Gray. An Oakland curtain reached bottom on a forsaken third strike. Another scored on a furious pitch.

The miss of offense opposite Gray was zero new. Gray, who left after a eighth on Monday, pitched a finish diversion shutout opposite a Rangers to finish off a 2014 season. He is now 5-2 with a 1.74 ERA opposite a Rangers for his career while holding a group to a .191 batting average.

“We had an proceed and a plan, though we can put all that together and a man on a mound, when he’s good, he has a contend in that,” Banister said. “He was forward of roughly each hitter and he was effective in all areas.”

The thought opposite Gray was to possibly conflict early or work him to force an early exit. The Rangers went down in sequence in a initial on 14 pitches. They never saw some-more than that in any of a subsequent innings.

Gray didn’t concede a baserunner until he strike Rougned Odor with a representation with dual outs in a third. The subsequent to strech was Leonys Martin with dual outs in a sixth when Ben Zobrist forsaken a fly round for a two-base error. 

After Rua was doubled off, Gray authorised his sole travel of a night to Robinson Chirinos, afterwards got a belligerent round out to finish a eighth and his night. He finished with 98 pitches.

The bigger long-term emanate was a onslaught of a pitching staff, quite Gallardo. He authorised a triple to light-hitting Sam Fuld, a A’s No. 2 hitter. Ben Zobrist followed it adult with a homer to right. Gallardo authorised dual some-more runs in a fourth on a convene that began with a leadoff walk. The inning enclosed a run-scoring furious pitch.

“These hitters will make we work,” Banister said. “They will stay patient. Our truth is to get forward of them and get them in pitch mode and try to get them out early. We were not as fit as we’d like to be.”

When he was finally finished during 89 pitches one beat into a fifth, a Rangers had no choice though to go to a center of their bullpen. The wish was to be means to reason those guys as reinforcements for a some-more fresh members of a staff, though a Rangers finished adult regulating both Anthony Bass and Phil Klein on Monday while removing zero out of their offense.

As openers go, it could have been worse, though not much.

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