Last night’s game was simply unbelievable. Hit after hit after hit. The Rangers crushed the visiting Minnesota Twins in the series opener while making records along the way…not as if that is something new for them this season.
Breaking Out the Books Once Again
The Rangers broke a season-high with 20 runs and 27 hits in a 20-6 BEATING of the Twins. The 27 hit total is the most that the Rangers have ever had in a home game and is the second most in the history of the club. The 20 runs were also the most that any Major League team has scored this year in a single game and the third highest run total in club history.
By hitting three runs in the first three innings then an inning of five runs and an inning of four runs, the Rangers became the third team to score three runs minimum in the opening five innings of a game since 1900.
For the 12th time, the Rangers have now scored 10 runs minimum and this ranks them third in the Major Leagues. The Rangers further broke a record of six players with three hits by getting seven with three last night.
Finally, last night was the 11th consecutive series opener that the Rangers have won. The previous record in club history was eight consecutive series openers back in 1980.
Holland Builds Confidence
Derek Holland got his ninth win of the season last night as he held the Twins to one unearned run and five hits over six innings. After a disappointing outing last time, Holland maintained his focus and executed his pitches well. He struck out four hitters and walked only a single batter. Definitely an outing to help boost the young lefty’s confidence in himself.
Ian Kinsler didn’t start at second base last night, instead Michael Young did with Kinsler DHing. Kin had four hits while banking his 16th home run of the season. Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli also each had four hits. Kinsler and Elvis Andrus both had seven at-bats last night. Kinsler had four RBIs while Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Endy Chavez each brought in three a piece.
Michael Young got the first home run of the night in the first inning scoring himself and Josh Hamilton. Ian Kinsler got his homer in the third inning scoring himself, Napoli and C.D.
Chris Davis had a couple errors last night that really disappointed me and made me think he needs to take his ass back to AAA Round Rock. They were easy plays. It also made me believe that maybe he should be the DH and Young should get to cover third base until Adrian Beltre returns – although I thought that to begin with.