The temperatures at Safeco Field dipped into the 50s on Friday night, and there was a breeze blowing into the ballpark.
Rain was in the forecast, so the retractable roof was close.
It was chilly. At times it was cold. Everyone in the open-air press box had on multiple layers.
It was June 10.
Yet, the assertion that it was going to be cold generated some debate in the pregame media briefing in the manager’s office.
Two media members votes for cool to cold. Jeff Banister guffawed, saying the conditions were mild.
The Rangers looked pretty cold in the eighth inning, though my guess is the manager was hot.
Here’s some Rangers Reaction from Friday’s 7-5 loss.
1. Adrian Beltre should be on the disabled list. He has a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring, and the typical player usually is out two to three weeks with one of those.
Beltre, though, is the Rangers’ best player, and he will get this weekend to let his hamstring get to the point where he can manage it.
At managing a leg injury, there’s none better than Beltre. He’s done it so often that he referred to his hamstring as his fourth child, having to coddle it, soothe it and make sure it doesn’t get into trouble.
But the hamstring isn’t a baby, and neither is Beltre. But he won’t buy into the notion that at age 37, he needs to slow down.
Before the injury, he said that his legs were feeling the best they had felt in years.
The game he missed Thursday snapped a streak of 151 consecutive games played, the fourth-longest in the major leagues. He doesn’t think a day off when healthy will do him much good, and he doesn’t want to pick and choose when he should go all out and when he should take it easy.
Taking it easy might cost his team a run. Beltre never wants to hurt the team, including with this hamstring injury.
He doesn’t think he will need 15 days to play again, but he also doesn’t want the team to have to play short-handed for an extended stretch.
Maybe the Ranges will decide for him Monday. They will need to make room for Shin-Soo Choo, and they can do that by putting Beltre on the DL.
That’s where he should be now.
2. Derek Holland had his third hiccup of the season, surrendering three home runs in five innings. He had to work, too, throwing 95 pitches before Tom Wilhelmsen took over in the sixth.
The homer that hurt the most came in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Robinson Cano and broken-bat single to Nelson Cruz. Dae-Ho Lee was next, and he found the seats in left-center for his second homer of the game on a slider that slide.
Kyle Seager made it back-to-back homers, the first for the Mariners this season.
The three homers came on three mistakes, though Holland contends the pitch to Seager wasn’t terrible. They weren’t the only mistakes he made. Each pitcher makes a bunch of mistakes each game, but some get away with more than others.
Cole Hamels once said that if he throws 100 pitches, 20 of them are probably not where or how he wanted to throw them. That’s from an ace pitcher. The number might be higher for a lesser pitcher.
So, too, would be the number of mistakes from a lesser pitcher that get hit. Holland isn’t a bum, but he’s not a No. 1, either. Sometimes he doesn’t get away with as many mistakes, and one of those times was Friday.
3. The Rangers were down only 5-4 with no outs in the eighth with a runner at second. The middle of the batting order was coming up. The Rangers were second in the American League with runners in scoring position.
In the bullpen, Shawn Tolleson and Matt Bush were warming — Tolleson if the Rangers didn’t score and Bush if they did.
They didn’t score, so Tolleson came to the mound. Before this turns into a Tolleson hate fest, I thought he pitched well. The past month indicates Bush would have pitched better.
But the game changed right there. Tolleson struck out Nelson Cruz to start the inning, but the slider he bounced got away from Robinson Chirinos and allowed Cruz to reach base. Lee followed with a grounder that Tolleson kicked with his left foot and could only get one out.
There were two scenarios in which it should have been two outs, none on for Seager. Instead, the Rangers walked Seager, and Chris Iannetta followed with a single that was going to load the bases as Cruz got a stop sign at third.
But Ryan Rua’s throw back to the infield missed Jurickson Profar, the cutoff man, and then Tolleson, who was out of position after seeing Cruz stop, stabbed at it but missed as it went to the screen and allowed Cruz to score.
Seth Smith followed with a sacrifice fly for a 7-4 lead. Good night.
Banister was more disheartened by Holland’s lack of execution in the Mariners’ four-run fourth. Banister did his best to sugar coat how peeved he was that Tolleson wasn’t backing up the Rua throw.
But the offense’s misfire in the eighth, albeit an uncharacteristic misfire, shouldn’t be overlooked.