The defending AL West champion Texas Rangers started the season off hot with a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Cole Hamels delivered seven strong innings, yielding two runs while striking out eight, while Jake Diekman and Shawn Tolleson held off the Mariners offense in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Mariners got off to a good start, scoring in each of the first two innings via home runs from Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, but the Mariners would only muster two more hits throughout the rest of the game, both by catcher Chris Iannetta.
Mariners ace, Felix Hernandez, cruised through the first four innings, but three walks, two errors and one hit resulted in three runs for Texas. Hernandez finished his day with one of the oddest lines you may ever see from a starter, going six innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 earned run, walking five and striking out six. The loss for Hernandez is his first career opening day loss. Coming into this afternoon’s contest he was 6-0 with a 1.49 ERA in 8 starts on opening day.
The Rangers offense didn’t do much, only getting one hit from Prince Fielder but they did their job in getting on base and being patient at the plate, walking six times and reaching twice on the aforementioned errors. It’s not a conventional way of winning games, but it got the job done this afternoon.