Tonight marked the start of the second to last interleague series during the regular season for the Rangers and the first game of a 6 game home stand before heading out to Los Angeles for a three game series against the Angels. Tommy Hunter pitched a quality start going 6 innings giving up 9 hits, no walks and 2 earned runs.
Hunter has been doing quite well so far this season, in 4 starts he has a 3-0 record with a 2.31 ERA with one complete game. In the four starts he has giving up just 19 hits, with nine of them being tonight and only 10 runs. So he seems to be a great fit to stay in the rotation for the remainder of the season.
Its is nice to see him step up in the Rotation with the injuries to Rich Harden and Derek Holland who are both currently on the disabled list. As usual in tonight’s game the bullpen was quite strong with Darren Oliver pitching two shutout innings. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth inning working around one hit before recording his 20th save of the season.
The offense is starting to click as a whole, in tonight’s game Micheal Young hit his 9th home run of the season. In the bottom of the fifth inning Julio Borbon hit his second home run of the season and it appears his bat is starting to come along. Josh Hamilton blasted his 17th run of the season on a fly ball into center field in the six to make it three home runs in three consecutive innings. He is pushing hard for an appearance in the all-star game in Anaheim.
In 68 games this season Hamilton has hit .339 with 93 hits and 17 home runs. In the last 6 game he has hit .571 with 16 hits and 7 runs scored. He has knocked in 6 runs during that span and the Rangers have won every single one of those games. The Rangers are still holding their 3.5 game lead over the Angels and it should improve once the Ranger face the Angels in Anaheim next week.