Texas Rangers: Gomez And Darvish Shine In Win Against Giants

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Mar 13, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Detailed view of the Cactus League spring training logo on an official baseball prior to the Texas Rangers game against the San Francisco Giants at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Detailed view of the Cactus League spring training logo on an official baseball prior to the Texas Rangers game against the San Francisco Giants at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers have picked up another respectable win. Today they beat the San Francisco Giants 7-1. They’re now on a three-game winning streak. Opening Day is 20 days away. Texas needs to stay on the win column as they want to get through the rest of Spring Training with as little negativity as possible.

Overall, an excellent performance by the pitching corps. Offense is still having trouble, obviously. The Texas Rangers seem to be improving everyday. In this case, they need to keep negativity away. Especially with Opening Day less than three weeks away.

Offense went 9-for-33 and struck out eight times. That’s not very good, but it was enough to earn the win. Though on Opening Day, Texas’ lineup will need to play better. Carlos Gomez, Elvis Andrus, Shin-Soo Choo, Mike Napoli, and Nomar Mazara all went a combined 4-for-13. Gomez blasted a grand-slam in the 2nd inning to give Texas a 6-1 lead. Gomez is coming into this season with high expectations. Blasting grand-slams can definitely give his career a huge boost. Andrus managed to get two hits and not get struck out. Choo and Mazara went hitless and Napoli got one hit. Progress is being made on offense. In any case, they need to be 100 percent by the time Spring Training concludes.

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Yu Darvish started this game. He pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering one run and striking out six batters, thus earning his second win. Furthermore, Darvish is healthy and in addition, he’s playing great. He’s in the final year of his contract, so 2017 needs to be a good year if he’s to stay in Arlington. Darvish was relieved by Austin Bibens-Dirkx who went 0.2 innings, allowing no hits, surrendering no runs and quickly striking out two batters. Dillon Gee then took over, pitching 3.0 innings, allowing two hits, surrendering no runs and striking out one batter, thus earning a hold. Allen Webster closed out the game, allowing one hits, surrendering no runs and striking out batter in 2.0 innings.

Pitching needs to continue playing like this. If Gee can continue to play like he did today, he may earn a spot in the bullpen. No doubt, he’s making progress. In any case, he needs to be ready for anything.

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