Lance Lynn was lifted after throwing 101 pitches in five innings
But even Lynn couldn’t bulldoze his way past Tuesday’s ballooning pitch count.
He was gone after five innings after throwing 101 pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays, who won for the second consecutive night, 3-0 at Rogers Centre.
It’s the shortest outing for Lynn since he went only 3 1/3 innings at Oakland on April 23. In fact, he had gone at least six innings since that start — a string of 19 starts.
He has thrown at least 100 pitches in 23 of his 25 starts but he was gassed after five against the Jays. He left trailing 1-0 on a solo homer by Randal Grichuk in the second inning.
“Whenever you walk three and have 100 pitches in five innings it’s not what you’re trying to do,” said Lynn, who struck out six and dropped to 14-8. “But that lineup battled, fouled some stuff off and had deep at-bats.”
The Rangers have scored 14 runs in the first eight games of the road trip. They’ve been held to one or fewer runs in five of the eight games. They’ve been held to five or fewer hits in six of the eight games, including five on Tuesday.
The offensive struggles, Woodward said, are starting to nag at his team.
“They’re trying really hard and they feel terrible when they don’t get the job done,” he said. “They feel like they let their teammates down and that’s where I think as a team we can’t let each other feel sorry for ourselves. We’re not letting anybody down. All we’re doing is singling ourselves out if we feel that way. We’ve all got to come rally together and come together as one.”
Shawn Kelley took over for Lynn at the start of the sixth and allowed back-to-back homers to Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney as Toronto stretched its lead to 3-0.
“When you lose some games and you’re capable of more you’re always going to have some frustration but it’s part of this game,” Lynn said.
Scary moment for DeShields
Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields made a run-scoring catch running back on a fly ball in the fourth inning but came down hard against the wall. DeShields’ head and shoulders hit the bottom of the wall as his body hit the ground.
His teammates and manager Chris Woodward immediately ran out to check on him, and he eventually walked off the field without assistance. DeShields said he knew he was fine when he was able to move his limbs. He had no injuries and stayed in the game.
“I think it scared everybody when he kind of goes back and you see his head snap forward like that,” Chris Woodward said. “Anything around the neck area is really concerning, so it was nice to see him get up. He was laughing kind of out there. We were asking him a lot of questions and he was kind of giggling.”
It was a big catch, too. It came with the bases loaded as Lynn faced Reese McGuire. DeShields prevented at least a bases-clearing triple with the catch.
“It was a hell of a catch. He bailed me out there,” said Lynn, who watched with concern as DeShields was checked out. “I’m glad he was alright. You really worry about something bad happening.”