When the Texas Rangers headed into their 2014 Opening Day game with the Philadelphia Phillies, they couldn't have imagined the two teams would combine for 24 runs with Texas on the losing end. However, the Dallas Morning News reported that the Texas Rangers opening day 14-10 loss on March 31 set an record for the first game of the season.
Here are three things to take from the Rangers vs. Phillies Opening Day game.
The Texas Rangers had never given up 14 or more runs to an opponent on Opening Day in the team's long and storied history. That makes this game historic for all the wrong reasons. However, on the brighter side, the Rangers gave up six runs early in the game and came back to take the lead, something they never did one time in 2013.
Thanks to injuries to the Texas Rangers pitching staff, most recently to ace Yu Darvish who opened the season on the DL, inexperienced Tanner Scheppers was the Opening Day pitcher for the Rangers. He then became the first opening day pitcher to last less than five innings since 1999.
Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios
The top three batters for Texas combined to only hit 2-for-14 in the game with one walk. It was unimpressive, since two of those men were Prince Fielder and Shin Soo-Choo. However, the four and five spot was golden. Beltre hit 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs. Rios hit 3-for-5 with three RBIs, three runs and a homer. These two men helped keep Texas in the game.
The Texas Rangers next play the second game of their series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, April 1, at 8:05 p.m EST.