Texas Rangers: Carlos Gomez Perfect In Win Against Angels
The Texas Rangers are on a winning streak again after a well-played 6-3 win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. After losing game one, Texas desperately needed to win game two. They improve to 11-13 and jump two spots in the standings of the American League West. However, they’re still a long way from catching up for the first-place Houston Astros. Texas needs to keep the winning streak alive.
Overall, an outstanding performance by the Texas Rangers. Dominant and consistent pitching is what led to this win. Offense still in a struggle, but played all right.
Yu Darvish made his sixth start. He pitched six innings, allowing three hits, two runs, and striking out ten batters, earning his third win this season, and second consecutive win. His throwing of 125 pitches is the most by any starting pitcher this season, as well as the most by a Ranger since Darvish threw 126 against the Boston Red Sox in 2014, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.
Jose Leclerc relieved Darvish, pitching one inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out one batter, earning his second hold. Keone Kela then came in, piching one inning, allowing two hits, no runs, and striking one batter. Matt Bush closed game, allowing one hit, one run, and striking out one batter.
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Offense finished 10-for-33. Struck out a total of five times. Carlos Gomez went a perfect 4-for-4, and the best part about it is he hit for the cycle. He’s now accomplished this twice in his career, the last time being May 7, 2008. He also blasted a two-run homer, which is part of his cycle. Rougned Odor blasted a two-run homer, his first home run since April 7, and his fourth this season. Lucroy extended his streak of a game with a hit to four after going 1-for-4. He’s 4-for-14 in his last four games. Nomar Mazara snapped a three-game hit-less streak, going 1-for-3. 3-for-38 in his last ten games. Offense is still in a slump. Next week, Texas travels to Houston and the offense is going to need to come alive if they’re going to win that series.
Game three is later today. Martin Perez is stepping on the mound and he’s taking on L.A.’s JC Ramirez. Perez has lost two consecutive games. Today, he’s looking to get back on a winning streak.