Rangers With Triumphant Series Win Against Jays
By Kenneth Nash
The Texas Rangers clinched a series win against the Blue Jays Sunday afternoon in a close game filled with fireworks.
Sunday’s game for the Texas Rangers was filled with fireworks, nasty right hooks and a big win.
On The Mound
The Rangers sent Cesar Ramos to the mound Sunday afternoon to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the final game of a three-game series and the seventh/final game of the season series. The lefty pitched well for Texas despite only going 4.1 innings. His pitch count escalated a bit but he held the Jays to one run on seven hits.
Andrew Faulkner finished up the fifth inning allowing two runs however both were unearned. Tom Wilhelmsen came in for the sixth and spotted Toronto three earned runs recording his second blown save of the season.
Matt Bush picked up his first career Major League win for Texas when he follow Wilhelmsen. Most notably however, Bush drilled Rangers antagonizer Jose Bautista with a 96-mph fastball to the ribs. Sam Dyson threw the ninth for Texas and picked up his second save of the season.
At The Plate
The Texas Rangers scratched seven runs across Sunday on nine hits in the win. Ian Desmond recorded yet another multi-hit game for Texas with two hits and four RBI including his game winning 3-run shot in the seventh inning.
Nomar Mazara also 2-4 on Sunday keeping his average at .314 so far this season. Adrian Beltre hit his sixth homerun of the season with a solo shot in the sixth inning.
In The Ring
The most remembered aspects of the Texas Rangers one-run win won’t be Desmond’s game-winning homerun but rather the fireworks found in the eighth inning when Justin Smoak hit a potential double play ball to Adrian Beltre with Jose Bautista on first following his HBP. Bautista slid hard and illegally into second base on Rougned Odor prompting a brawl that will be remembered for the foreseeable future.
Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor didn’t take kindly to Bautista’s dirty slide and let him know with a right hook to the jaw that would have made Floyd Mayweather proud. The benches then cleared and an all out frenzy ensued.
The fireworks continued when in the bottom of the inning, Prince Fielder was drilled (actually drilled is generous, let’s say he was bumped) by a pitch from Jesse Chavez prompting the benches to empty however no fighting followed.
At the end of all this craziness, numerous ejections were handed down.
Rougned Odor- for role in fight
Steve Buechele- role in brawl
Josh Donaldson- role in brawl
John Gibbons- ejected earlier for arguing balls and strikes
Tim Leiper- ejected in third inning for arguing calls
Jesse Chavez- ejected for hitting Prince Fielder with pitch
Demarlo Hale-ejected as active manager after Fielder’s hit by pitch
WP- Bush (1-0): 1.1IP, 0H, 0ER, 1K
LP- Chavez (0-1): 0.1IP, 2H, 1ER (ejected)
SV- Dyson (2): 1IP, 0H, 0ER
Desmond: 2-4 2B, HR, 4 RBI
Beltre: 1-4 HR
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