The Texas Rangers once again pull through for another walk-off win. Their start to their three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics is the right way to start. For the second time this season, Texas is on a four-game winning streak. Furthermore, this is the fourth time in team history that they’ve won consecutive games thanks to walk-off homers.
This win is very similar to their win in game four of their previous series against the San Diego Padres. Pitching allowed a few runs, while the offense remained quiet, despite responding immediately after Oakland drew first blood. In the seventh, Oakland jumped to a 2-1 lead and Texas came through at the very last minute. Texas won 5-2. Texas has a total of seven three-run walk-off homers in their history.
Andrew Cashner pitched this game. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five hits, one run, and striking out two batters. He went on to receive a no-decision. Regardless, a good performance.
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Alex Claudio relieved Cashner, pitching only 0.1 of an inning, allowing one hit, one run, and striking out no batters. Jeremy Jeffress then came along pitching 0.2 of an inning, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out on batter. Keone Kela pitched 2.0 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out two batters, thus earning his first win of the season.
Offense finished 8-for-29 and struck out three times. Offense was quiet until the bottom of the ninth. Thanks to a few singles by Jonathan Lucroy and Rougned Odor, Texas was in perfect position of tying and possibly winning the game. Mike Napoli hit a sacrifice, allowing Texas to the the game 2-2. Immediately after Joey Gallo blasted a three-run homer, giving Texas the 5-2 win. This was also Gallo’s 12th home run this season. Gallo is having a good season so far. In any case, he needs to keep it up.
Texas is 11th in the American League in hits with 269. They’re also lead the American League in home runs 53, also being third in the league in home runs. In runs scored, Texas is 12th in the league, as well as fourth in the American League. Not bad for an offense that’s been in a slump.
Game two is tonight. Nick Martinez steps on the mound to attempt to earn his first win this season and extend Texas’ winning streak to five games, which would be a season-high for this team.