The Texas Rangers have wrapped up their series in Anaheim against the Angels. They’re leaving Anaheim with the series win. They’re now on a two-series winning streak. The team’s record is 4-5 and in fourth place in the American League West standings. On a positive note, they’re 2-0 in series against A.L. West teams. Now they’re off to Seattle.
Overall, a very good team performance. After blowing a 5-0 lead in game one, Texas went to lose that game 6-5 in extra innings. Thankfully, the Texas Rangers kept it together to win the next two games. However, there’s still a lot of work to do.
Cole Hamels stepped on the mound in game one, looking for his first win this season. He pitched 7.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering one run, and striking out five batters. Unfortunately, his first win this season remains to be seen. Regardless a fine performance by Hamels. In any case, he needs to keep it up.
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A.J. Griffin took the mound in game two, also seeking his first win. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering three runs, and striking out four batters, thus earning his first win this season. A fine performance, as well. In any case, like Hamels, he too needs to keep it up.
Yu Darvish pitched game three, looking for his first win. He pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five hits, surrendering no runs and striking out a season-high of ten batters, thus earning his first win and improving to 8-2 against the Angels in his career.
This series saw tremendous pitching from the starting rotation. It’s a darn shame, indeed, that one did not earn a win. Regardless, Hamels, Griffin, and Darvish all need to keep it up. They all did great in this series and they must keep it up.
Offense finished this series, going 32-for-113 and struck out a total of 24 times. Obviously, that’s not explosive, but it was good enough to out score the Angels 21 to 12 in this series. Elvis Andrus blasted two homers. In game one, Jonathan Lucroy blasted a three-run homer. In game three, Nomar Mazara blasted a two-run homer and Gomez blasted a solo. However, in game one, Gomez struck out a total of four times.
Offense did a good job of scoring early in the game. That’s something they’ve been doing since Opening Day. That’s positive. In any case, offense needs to stay awake. The Rangers entered game fifth in the league in runs scored, and first in the league in homers with 16 total. Now the number of home-runs hit by Texas is 18. Additionally, they entered fifth in RBIs with a total of 44.
Bullpen was all right. With the exception of what happened in game one when Sam Dyson stepped only to allow the Angels to score three runs in the ninth to tie the game, thus earning his second blown save this season. Dyson is likely to pitch again in the next season against Seattle, however, if Dyson again has a meltdown, it’ll be time for a change.
Martin Perez steps on the mound tomorrow night for game one against Seattle. He’s dueling with Felix Hernandez, who’s currently 0-1 with an ERA of 4.09. Texas is looking to win their third straight series.