2 Duds (and 1 Stud) From Rangers' ALCS Game 4 Loss to Astros

Things got out of hand in a hurry.
2 duds and 1 stud from the Rangers' ALCS Game 4 loss to the Astros.
2 duds and 1 stud from the Rangers' ALCS Game 4 loss to the Astros. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dud: Dane Dunning

While Heaney got us off on the wrong foot, he wasn't the one who lost the game for us. That would be the man who replaced him, Dane Dunning.

Dunning cleaned up Heaney's mess in the first and made it through the second and third innings unscathed. The Rangers rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the third, and all of the sudden it was a brand-new ballgame.

That didn't last long, however, as Dunning promptly gave the game away in the top of the fourth. Bochy stuck with him a bit too long, and Dunning's second time through the order was nowhere near as smooth as his first.

He started the frame by walking No. 9 hitter Martin Maldonado -- a massive no-no. He followed that up by walking Jose Altuve. Then he gave up a single to load the bases with nobody out.

Incredibly, Bochy stayed with him, and Dunning somehow managed to whiff Alex Bregman for the first out of the inning, but it was too little, too late. Bochy lifted him and replaced him with Cody Bradford, who wasn't able to get out of the game. Bradford immediately surrendered a sacrifice fly followed bya massive three-run homer to Jose Abreu that broke the game open and shattered Texas' spirits.

Dunning didn't pull the trigger, but he loaded the gun and handed it to Dunning. He may not have committed the crime, but he was the number one accomplice for sure. He was charged with 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 2 2/3 innings and was tagged with the loss, so this one's on him.