The Texas Rangers sweep the Philadelphia Phillies and win their ninth straight game. For the first time since 2011, they’re on a nine-game winning streak. Not only that, but they also win their third straight series. Furthermore, this is their second consecutive series win in a clean sweep.
The Texas Rangers are 22-20, including 16-8 at home. They’re 7.5 games behind Houston who’s off today. If Texas wins tomorrow and Houston loses, that lead changes to 6.5 games. Texas needs to continue to win at all costs in order to keep up with the Astros. No doubt, Houston is doing everything they can to prevent Texas from doing the same thing they did in 2015. According to Jared Sandler, Texas’ nine-game winning streak is the longest streak of any team this season.
Martin Perez stepped on the mound, looking to snap a four-game losing streak. He pitched a season-high 7.0 innings, allowing a season-low five hits, two runs, and striking out a season-high eight batters, earning his second win this season. Perez is currently second in the American League in hits allowed with 59 and 24th in ERA, his ERA being 3.89.
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Alex Claudio relieved Perez in the eight inning, pitching 1.0 inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out two batters. Jeremy Jeffress came in the ninth inning, pitching just 0.1 innings, allowing three hits, two runs, and striking out one batter. Soon Matt Bush came in, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out no batters to quickly end the final inning and prevent Philadelphia from coming back.
Texas’ pitching is 6th in the league with an ERA of 3.76. They’re tenth in the league in hits allowed with 359, 19th in runs allowed with 176, and 27th in strikeouts with 277. Pitching is certainly showing improvement everyday. In any case, pitching must keep it up.
Texas’ offense finished 9-for-32, striking out nine times. Nomar Mazara and Ryan Rua are the only two players from this game with more than hit. Speaking of Rua, his three-run homer in fifth gave Texas a 5-2 lead. Only two players didn’t have a hit, one of them being Joey Gallo who also struck out three times. Texas’ offense is 21st in the league in hits with 325. They’re also tied for 6th in runs scored with 202, fifth in home runs with 57, and their batting average of .236 puts them 25th. In any case, offense needs to continue to improve.
Texas now begins a road trip. Their first stop is the Motor City for a three-game series against the Tigers, who will be without Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. This gives Texas a bit of an advantage. Nick Martinez steps on the mound. Texas looks to make it ten wins a row.