Texas Rangers: Cashner Dominates In Win Against Washington
The Texas Rangers pull of a miraculous win against the red-hot Washington Nationals. However, they remain in fourth place in the American League West standings. They’re a game a half behind the third place Mariners and 14 behind the first place Astros. This win is definitely a surprise win. Hopefully, this is the key to Texas turning this season around.
Texas never trailed in this game. It’s been a while since the Texas Rangers played won a game without ever trailing. Furthermore, the Nationals came into this game leading the National League in runs and Texas held them to two in this game. Pitching deserves a round of applause. Defense, as well.
Andrew Cashner took the mound. He pitched 7.0 innings, allowing six hits, one run, and striking out four batters, earning his third win this season. An impressive night for him. In any case, he must keep it up. His next start is next Wednesday in Houston.
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Alex Claudio relieved Cashner in the eight inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out two batters. Keone Kela then entered intending to close out the game, however after allowing two hits and a run, he was pulled in favor of Matt Bush. Bush allowed one hit, no runs, and struck out no batters, earning his seventh save this season. Pitching forced Washington to leave eight batters on bases.
Offense finished 13-for-40, striking out nine times. Everyone in the lineup had a hit with the exception of Jurickson Profar who had just been recalled from the minors. Cashner was part of the batting lineup, going 1-for-3. Jonathan Lucroy’s two-run homer is his first homer since May 20th. Lucroy finished 3-for-4, his first three-hit game since May 11th. Lucroy, along with Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor, and Delino DeShields had multi hits. This Odor’s first multi-hit game since May 23rd. Odor even hit a homer. Offense was awake. In any case, they must keep it up.
Martin Perez steps on the mound in game two. Texas is looking to win two straight games for the first time in over three weeks. The Rangers are 28-32. Winning this series will help. They’ll be going to Houston with momentum.