Texas Rangers: Team Picks Up Second Straight Win

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Mar 2, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister talks to home plate umpire Dan Bellino in the third inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Mesa, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister talks to home plate umpire Dan Bellino in the third inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers have won their second straight game today. For the first time this Spring Training, they’re on a two-game winning streak. In these last two games, there’s been some ups and downs, but at the end, they got the job done. Opening Day is 21 days from tomorrow. Texas is making progress in figuring out and solving their issues.

Overall, a valiant effort by the pitching and offense. Nonetheless, there’s still holes to fill on both. However, the Texas Rangers seem to be putting much effort to make positive progress.

Offense went 8-for-33 and were struck out nine times. Still not a very explosive performance by the offense, but it was enough to get the job done. Nomar Mazara is the only starter who played today, going 1-for-2 with RBIs. He was replaced by Travis Snider, who went 0-for-2 and being struck out once. The best thing the offense was able to do is blast two two-run homers and one three-run homer.

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Mike Hauschild started this game. He pitched 4.0 innings, allowing two hits, surrendering no runs and striking out three batters. Tyler Wagner relieved Hauschild, pitching for one inning, allowing four hits, surrendering four runs and striking out one batter. Wesley Wright also appeared for one inning, allowing no hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out one batter. Wright has been doing very well this Spring Training. He may be on his way to earning a spot in this year’s bullpen. In any case, he needs to keep it up.

Texas had a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning. All of a sudden, it was gone when Chicago took a 8-5 lead. Then in the seventh and eighth innings, the Rangers scored five runs to seal the win.

Tomorrow, Texas plays against the San Francisco Giants. With Opening Day being about 21 days away, Texas needs to win as many games as possible. In other words, they need keep negativity away.

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