The Texas Rangers win their eighth straight game. For the first time in nearly four years, they’re on an eight-game winning streak. By taking game two of this series, the Rangers’ series-winning streak improves to three in a row. If they win tomorrow’s game, it’ll be their second consecutive sweep, and they’ll be on a nine-game winning streak for the first time since 2011.
Just like in this series’ first game, the Texas Rangers took control early in the game and went the entire game without trailing. The offense’s performance is a huge factor in tonight’s 9-3 win. Excellent pitching, as well. Not only that, but Texas is over .500 for the first time this season. Seems like everything is coming together for this ball club.
Andrew Cashner stepped on the mound. He pitched a season-high 7.0 innings, allowing a season-high eight hits, two runs, and striking out two runs, earning his first win this season. Furthermore, this is his victory in his home state. Cashner is playing very well this season. In any case, he must keep it up.
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Tony Barnette relieved Cashner in the eighth inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out one batter. Making his 2017 major league debut, Austin Bibens-Dirkx closed the game, allowing one hit, one run, and striking out one batter.
Offense finished 17-for-34 and struck out just once. The 17 hits is a team season-high. Four players had multiple hits. Jared Hoying and Delino DeShields both finished a combined perfect 8-for-8. This is Hoying’s first career game with four hits, and Delino’s four hits matches a career-high. Shin-Soo Choo’s three hits is the second time this season he’s had three hits in a game. However, speaking of Choo, he missed the last two games due to lower back soreness, but due to a strong performance tonight, he doesn’t seem to be suffering any ill effects. Elvis Andrus finished 2-for-5. Mike Napoli is the only one who went hit less in this game. Joey Gallo, who went 1-for-4 and scored two runs is only batter to have struck out. Perhaps the only hiccup in the offense’s performance is the ten batters they left on base. Other than that, the offense awakened.
Game three is tomorrow afternoon. Martin Perez is taking the mound, looking to snap a four-game losing streak. Texas is 21-20 and eight games behind Houston. Winning tomorrow’s game helps Texas accomplish more than one goal.