ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 24: Starting pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Texas Rangers rests in the dugout during the game against the New York Yankees on July 24, 2013 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
Matt Garza's failure to execute the shutdown inning on Monday night after the Rangers had tied the game against the Tampa Bay Rays twice in the early innings not only killed any shot at snapping the Rangers' six-game losing skid but it also helped the Rangers make franchise history in a bad way.
Each time the Rangers tied the game, at 1-1 and at 2-2, Garza allowed the Rays to reclaim the lead the following inning and prevented the Rangers from ever having a shot at taking the lead, and that extended the Rangers to 63 straight innings (seven straight games) of not even having a lead, much less winning.
It's the longest such streak in franchise history, dating back to the old Washington Senators days, in other words, a really long time.
It's hard to imagine the pressure the pitching is under over the last week always pitching with a deficit, but on Monday night, the offense actually showed some fight early on but it was Garza's pitching that failed.
So the streak lives on, and we'll see how long it goes.