After the disaster that was the first inning Yu was able to calm down and gave up only 1 more run. He went a total of 5.2 innings with 5 runs, 8 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. From what could have been an astronomical ERA he was able to lower it to a manageable 7.94.
The bullpen was able to come in and held the Mariners to 3 hits in 3.1 innings. While in the hands of the relievers no runs were scored or walks given, but 2 strikeouts were punched. Alexi Ogando came in to finish the 6th and 7th innings. Mike Adams pitched a good 8th and Scott Feldman was able to come in during the 9th to finish off the Mariners.
Defensively the game belonged to Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton. Both of whom made outstanding plays that helped to keep the Rangers pitchers firmly in control of the ball game.
Offensively the big bats for Texas finally showed up for the year. Homeruns were smacked by Hamilton, Moreland, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler.
Hamilton went 3 for 5 with a strikeout. While at the plate he seemed very confident in his swing and it showed across his at bats. When he was called out at the plate on a blown call by the ump in the bottom of the 3rd, Hamilton showed his fiery temper towards the umpire, but Coach Ron Washington quickly defused the confrontation.
While not very threatening offensively Mike Napoli went 1-4 with 3 walks. The fact that he was willing to force pitch counts and wait on pitches he can drive is a good sign for the rest of the year.
Wash also did his late game Murphy, Hamilton and Craig Gentry switch that seems to be the MO of games that appear to be fairly locked down. But I would love to see Gentry get more playing time. He is a better defensive centerfielder than Hamilton and Hamilton is on fire right now. From what looked like a liability a week ago looks now to be a big crutch for the Rangers to lean on.
Tomorrow the series against the Mariners continues with Neftali Feliz making his first start of the year.
Happy Yu Day everybody!
As always, Go Rangers.