Some days you have it, and other days you do not. Taylor Hearn, starting Rangers pitcher on June 18 in Detroit, did not have it.
The Detroit Tigers came into the contest with Texas Rangers on Saturday at Comerica Park. The Tiger’s bats erupted for 19 hits to down the Rangers 14-7.
The Rangers looked to start up on Saturday, where they left off on Friday when they downed the hosts 7-0 on a night where Jon Gray was nearly flawless.
Adolis Garcia came to the dish in the first inning and punched the third consecutive four-seam fastball he saw to center field and into the Rangers bullpen for a solo homer. It was the first and last time the Rangers would hold the lead on the day.
Taylor Hearn — who tossed well enough in his last outing to keep Texas in the contest against Houston — was overpowered by the Tigers lineup on Saturday in Detroit.
The Rangers saw the early 1-0 lead slip in the bottom of the opening inning as the Detroit Tigers hammered out three runs in the frame for a 3-1 lead. Detroit never looked back nor stopped pilling on.
Hearn allowed just one run in the second inning, none in the third, but got rocked in the bottom of the fourth, where five more Tigers scored. All told, Hearn allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Hearn also suffered the loss on the night, dropping his record to 4-5 as the Tigers cruised to victory.
To their credit, the Rangers hitters never gave in during the blowout.
Garcia ended the afternoon going 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. He also tripled in the game, nearly hitting for the cycle, sans a double.
Corey Seager, Nathanial Lowe, and Sam Huff each knocked in runners in defeat, and Texas scored three in the final frame before succumbing to the loss.
“This team needed it,” Tigers Manager A. J. Hench told MLB.com of his team snapping their losing streak. “Our staff needed it. Our fans needed it.”