Rangers-Tigers: Brandon McCarthy's Solid Start Wasted As Win Streak Is Snapped

David Lynn@davidvlynnCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 07:  Brandon McCarthy #20 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on May 7, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Brandon McCarthy took another huge step towards establishing himself as a productive starter for the Rangers. Despite losing 4-0, he pitched solidly and did not give up a big inning.

All four runs he gave up came as single runs in different innings. He may have lost by a lot more had he not buckled down each time and worked himself out of a jam. That alone is a huge sign of what McCarthy has to offer.

The second good sign was throwing two consecutive seven-inning starts, both times throwing 110+ pitches. He is really starting to build up some durability.

It is a shame that the offense decided not to show up last night. Give Dontrelle Willis some credit too. His stuff was pretty nasty, and he showed why the Tigers wanted him in the first place. He pitched like the Rangers' pitchers have recently. 

We just couldn't key in on his pitches, so we weren't hitting him very hard. The few times we did hit him hard, they were right at people. 

That is the way it goes sometimes, but it is a shame we wasted a solid performance by McCarthy.

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