Texas Rangers: Team Slides Past Cleveland Indians

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Mar 18, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dillon Gee (36) deliver a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during a spring exhibition baseball game at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dillon Gee (36) deliver a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during a spring exhibition baseball game at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers are back on the win column after a well-played 8-4 victory against the Tribe. Texas’ record improves to 8-13. After coming short last night, Texas’ win today brings up a lot of momentum. Opening Day is about 15 days away. Texas must keep winning at all costs.

Overall, a very good team effort. Solid performance by both offense and the pitching corps. Offense’s performance today was much better than yesterday’s bout against the Tribe.

Offense finished 8-for-28 and struck out eight times. On a positive note, the amount of strikeouts ending with less than ten is a bit of an improvement. On the other hand, only eight hits isn’t much, but in this case, it was enough to win. Cesar Puello blasted a three-run homer in the second inning to give Texas a 3-0 lead. In the seventh inning with a tie game, Scott Heineman blasted a solo homer to put Texas back up front. Immediately after that Alex Burg blasted a two-run homer to make it 7-4. In the eighth inning, Chuck Moorman blasted a solo to make it 8-4, which turned out to be the decider.

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Dillon Gee started this game. He pitched 3.1 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out two batters. He would be relieved Shane McCain would go 0.2 innings, allowing no hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out one batter. Allen Webster then took over, going 2.2 innings, allowing three hits, surrendering one run, and striking out four batters. Brady Dragmire then came in to close out game. He allowed no hits, surrendered no runs and struck out one batter.

Dillon Gee, who signed with Texas back in January, is currently competing for a Opening Day roster spot. So far he’s doing good. If he can keep it up, he’ll be in Arlington Monday, April 3rd.

Tomorrow, Texas takes on Seattle. At any rate, Texas needs keep on winning. Yes, it is Spring Training, but winning is a positive thing. Negativity is the last this ball club needs. Especially with Opening Day knocking on the door.

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