I wasn’t able to watch the game today, but from what I can see on the box score — 14 total runs on 29 hits combined between AZ & TEX — it was your typical afternoon slugfest in Arlington.
Justin Grimm pitched 6.0 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, surrendering no walks for the second start in a row. Michael Kirkman made things interesting in the 7th, but ultimately Neal Cotts and Robbie Ross shut the door on a 9-5 Ranger victory.
For the first time in their last handful of games, the offense looked like it was showing signs of life, with every starter recording at least one base hit, and 5 Rangers had at least 2 hits.
– Jurickson Profar had his first career 3-hit game, raising his extremely limited sample (28 PA’s) to .370/.379/.519, which thus far has compensated just fine in Ian Kinsler’s absence.
– According to the local beats, Ian Kinsler will miss an additional 2 weeks because of a stress reaction in his ribs, prompting the Rangers to logically arrive at the conclusion that Jurickson will no longer be “splitting” time at 2B with Leury Garcia; it’s mostly just his position now that Kins is on the shelf. I think I speak for the majority of general baseball fans in saying It’s about goddamn time.
– Mitch Moreland (11) and David Murphy (7) each hit home runs.
– The A’s finally lost a game, so the Rangers picked up a game on the division.
– Kansas City comes in for a weekend series.