I had all intentions of writing my own recap this morning, but received my daily email from “The Newberg Report”, and I felt like he captured how I felt better than I could have written.
The Rangers pitched, they caught the ball, they threw, they hit, they hit for power, they ran. They rested the pen. They won a game.
The Angels held the Twins scoreless through nine and still lost, and the Mariners just gave up a Yankees run in the seventh and are now tied, 4-4.
At AAA Round Rock tonight, third baseman Chris Davis homered for the fourth time in the five games he’s played since returning to the Express.
At AA Frisco, center fielder Leonys Martin singled, doubled, and drew two walks, scoring three times from the leadoff spot in what would be a 9-8 win over Tulsa. He’s struck out two times in 62 pro at-bats.
At High A Myrtle Beach, righthander Joe Wieland shut Wilmington down over seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits, walking nobody, and punching out nine. He needs to be in Frisco. Third baseman Mike Olt homered and walked twice.
At Low A Hickory, third baseman Christian Villanueva homered and walked.
Really great baseball days still happen. And in spite of the pile of adversities the Rangers have fought through for two months, this club is still holding onto first place.
It’s been a standout night on the field for Davis and Martin and Wieland and Olt and Villanueva, all important pieces of the puzzle, and for Matt Harrison and Yoshinori Tateyama and Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre and Endy Chavez, but there was no bigger development for this organization on Saturday – I hope – than what Nelson Cruz did in his final three at-bats.
It was just one night, but if Cruz is back – and a mere look at the box score won’t do justice to the quality of those three trips to the plate – then . . . well, I’m going to feel a helluva lot better about this offense going into the middle third of the season.
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