Texas Rangers: Team Bounces Back In Win Against Cleveland
The Texas Rangers are once again back on the win column thanks to a come-from-behind win against Cleveland. Texas is now 6-12. However, right now there’s much more positivity than there was before. Texas is 4-1 in their last five games. Yes, it’s only Spring Training, but winning is as important now than it is during the regular season. There’s never a reason to not try to win.
Overall, a very hard-fought effort on both pitching and offense. The Texas Rangers were off to a terrible start when they were trailing 7-1 in the third inning. Trailing 10-7 in the seventh inning, Jason Martinson blasted a three-run homer to tie the game. Texas would go on to win 12-11. This team did a fantastic job staying focused and playing their hearts out. In other words, the team never ever quit!
Offense went 16-for-39 and struck out 12 times. Apparently, Texas’ issue with amount of time they strike out is still at large. However, the offense deserves credit to their role in the comeback. At one point, the Rangers trailed 8-2. Without the bats progressing, Texas would not have been able to come back and win the game.
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Nick Martinez started today. He pitched 2.2 innings, allowing nine hits, surrendering seven runs, and striking out two batters. A rough day for Martinez, but there’s no doubt he’ll work hard to improve on everything he needs to improve on. Relief pitching managed to not allow Cleveland to inflict too much more damage. Relievers allowed six hits, surrendered four runs, and struck out seven batters. Relief pitcher Ryne Slack earned the win today, though he was also given a blown save due to allowing Cleveland to tie the game. Nonetheless, he was fortunate enough to be bailed out by the offense. Overall, pitching had its up and downs, but at the end of the day, they were able to do their job.
The Rangers have the day off tomorrow. On Friday and Saturday, they’ll have double headers. If Texas can find a way to win them all, it’ll give them a big boost. I’ve been saying all Spring Training that Texas needs to keep negativity away. With Opening Day being 18 days away, the more wins Texas can get in the closing stages of Training, the better.