Welcome back to a celebratory article in which your Texas Rangers once again executed a come from behind win to set that mark at 49 games now. It was not a dominating performance by the Rangers ace Cole Hamels but he was very kind by allowing the bullpen to tie a record with their 41st win this year.
The best thing about the Texas Rangers ace Cole Hamels pitching tonight would be that he pitched 7 innings and allowed a lot of the bullpen to rest. By a lot of the bullpen I really meant everyone but Jeremy Jeffress who the Rangers needed to get work for since he just rejoined the team.
Hamels pitched 7 innings while allowing 8 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), and got 6 strikeouts on 107 pitches. These stats are not anything to boast about but he did hit two marks that I previously reported about earlier in the day. The 7 innings got him to 200.2 innings pitched this year which marks the 7th consecutive year he has been over 200 innings pitched. That stat is the longest active streak for starting pitchers. Along with that Cole needed 6 strikeouts to hit 200 for the year and he did just that.
Jeremy Jeffress was looking to get at least two outing before the season was over and he might have gotten all of that work in during his 2 innings pitched today. He only allowed 2 hits and 1 walk through 2 innings pitched on 22 pitches. What he also did is continue a scoreless streak for the bullpen that now sits at 26.2 innings which ranks 2nd for the franchise best at that stat (28.1 in May of 2008).
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Offensively during this game I want to point out that Rougned Odor may have had the night that he needed by going 2/4 with 2 RBIs but only on 9 pitches. He has been in a slump recently but he hasn’t allowed that to effect his defense as he helped turn a double play in the 9th. Mitch Moreland continued his bad streak by going 0/3 but has a couple of games left to work on that.
But Carlos Gomez is once again the player of the game because of a 3 shot homer to the same spot he hit a few days ago. This happened just after Elvis Andrus hit a clutch single with 2 outs to tie the score. Gomez continues to be a big boost to the Texas Rangers team and once again expressed his love of playing for this team.
It is worth mentioning the Boston Redsox lost as well as the Cleveland Indians too which means the Rangers have a 1.5 game lead at the top of the A.L.. How excited are you about the way this team is playing and looking going into the playoffs? Join the conversation and like our Facebook and Twitter pages!