Jul 18, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (7) celebrates a home run with Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) in the seventh inning in a game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

J.P. Arencibia: Streak Stopper

The Texas Rangers have been flailing since J.P. Arencibia was sent down to Round Rock, and tonight, large coincidence, he returns to the Texas Rangers lineup and the Rangers win. Adrian Beltre provided the first run of the game on his 14th jack of the year, but the real hero was J.P. Arencibia with his 3 run shot in the seventh. He was also hit by a pitch and scored another run earlier in the game.

 

Obviously I am being sarcastic, but you can’t argue that he did better than Carlos Pena had been doing of late. J.P. Arencibia may have just figured something out at the AAA level while he was there. I also think it helped that the crowd was booing him every time he came up to bat. He responded to the boos in the seventh by hitting that three run, dagger to the heart shot.

 

Yu Darvish seems to have taken to having a few days off to get his mind right for the second half, he looked focused, he looked like he was controlling all his pitches, and he struck out 12 Blue Jays over 6.2 innings. If Yu can start doing that every fifth day and J.P. Arencibia can get hot and start hitting the long ball, this team has a chance to have an even better second half than I thought.

 

The Texas Rangers take on the Blue Jays again tomorrow, I hope they continue booing J.P. Arencibia!

Tags: Adrian Beltre J.P. Arencibia Texas Rangers Yu Darvish

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