The Texas Rangers win game four of their four-game series against the San Diego Padres. They’re now on a three-game winning streak and have finally snapped their series-losing streak of four. Texas now stands with a 16-20 record, but remain in fifth place in the American League West standings.
Overall, a hard-fought victory for the Texas Rangers. Despite San Diego taking an early 1-0 lead and eventually a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning, Texas refused to quit and came back to win it. They remained calm and focused, which is how they came away with the win. In any case, Texas must continue to win games and series. Their chance of winning the A.L. West is very slim, but it’s still possible. In order to brighten the hope, they must keep playing hard and winning.
Martin Perez stepped on the mound. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, and striking out three batters, receiving a no-decision. Allowing an early run in the first inning, Perez did a good job of letting that affect him. He pitched effectively throughout the game, despite not getting any support from the offense.
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Bullpen came through again. Tony Barnette relieved Perez, pitching 1.2 inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out no batters. Sam Dyson closed the game, allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out no batters. However, since Texas won the game, Dyson earned the win, his first this season. However, as far as Dyson becoming a closer again? Not likely. Matt Bush has earned his job as the closer. So has Keone Kela. Giving the role to Dyson just like that is not a smart move. Roles are earned in baseball. Nothing is guaranteed.
Offense finished 9-for-32 with six strikeouts. Nothing until the bottom of the eight innings, when Texas trailed 2-0 and Mike Napoli blasted a solo homer to cut the lead in half. However, despite Carlos Gomez reaching third with only one out, Texas didn’t capitalize. Luckily, in the bottom of ninth, Texas not only managed to tie thanks to a single by Rougned Odor, but thanks largely to a three-run homer by Napoli, Texas won 5-2. This is Napoli’s 15th career game with more than one homer and his first this season. Jonathan Lucroy is on a role as of late. 3-for-4 tonight and 2-for-3 on Wednesday. A total of 12 hits in his last ten games. A total of four players hit-less in this game, including Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields. Overall, the offense is still in a slump.
Starting Friday, the Oakland Athletics are in Arlington. Texas looks to take care of business of beating Oakland. Winning this series can help them climb up the standings of the A.L. West. A sweep would be an amazing help.