On an outstanding night for DFW sports C.J. Wilson showed up to the ballpark ready to work. Avoiding a Chicken Little scenario from the bullpen, Wilson put the team on his back and pitched a complete game. Over nine innings Wilson tied his career high 12 strikeouts and allowed only one walk. The lefty gave up six hits and two runs (only one earned). This is the performance you need from your ace, a complete game at a time the bullpen needed a break.
On the offense, the Rangers worked hard as well. They picked up two runs in the 1st after an RBI double from Adrian Beltre and an RBI single from David Murphy. Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis each had booming solo home-runs on the game and Ian Kinsler scored a run from third on a wild pitch in the eighth. For Davis this was his first home run and RBI of the season. In the two games he’s played against Seattle he’s shown good plate discipline, Davis really got a hold of both the home run and another ball that just went foul earlier in the game.
This is without even mentioning the caliber of pitcher the Rangers were facing; Michael Pineda took the mound for the Mariners and earned only his second loss of the season. (Fun Fact: his first loss also came against the Rangers.)
Excellent game all around for the Rangers, they take on Seattle again tomorrow in the series finale. Colby Lewis takes the mound against lefty Jason Vargas. It’s another late night game starting at 9:10 Central time.
Also… Go Mavs!