The Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night in Arlington. C.J. Wilson on the mound was outstanding, and the offense was pretty good as well.
The starting pitcher was the real gem of this game. C.J. Wilson, up to this point in the season hasn’t really shown himself. Last night Wilson went a full seven innings, allowing nine hits and only one run. The most impressive stat from C.J.’s game was the nine strikeouts and only one walk allowed. Wilson threw 116 pitches, and 74 were for strikes. Also it should be noted, the only run C.J. allowed came at the end of his outing in the seventh inning.
The Rangers offense was really working well and faced a less than stellar Ervin Santana. We saw a two hit night from Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre. Mitch Moreland drove in the two runs that broke up the 0-0 tie in the fourth inning, and had a solo home-run in the eighth. Kinsler had a double and a triple in the game. Elvis Andrus had an impressive three hit game and picked up an RBI. Adrian Beltre hit a 3-run jack in the game to centerfield, if you can check out the replay on the Beltre homer, make sure to watch the fan’s great catch on the hill.
Darren O’Day came in for the eighth inning to relieve Wilson. This has been a problem area for the Rangers, and will be a question mark in the games to come. For this game there was no drama, O’Day pitched reasonably well and didn’t allow any runs in the inning. The Rangers may have also found their set-up man in Pedro Strop. Strop came into the game and threw 8 pitches to get all three batters out in the ninth.
There was a degree of disappointment for me in the game, I had lobbied for Chris Davis to make his start in the majors this season. Davis went 0 for 4 in the game with three strikeouts. I’m sure the Rangers wanted to put him on display for a potential trade, this isn’t the Chris Davis they wanted to see last night.
Overall it was a good night for the guys in red, they play the Angels again tonight at 7:05pm Colby Lewis takes the mound against righty Matt Palmer.