Texas Rangers: Team Picks Up 6-1 Victory Against Toronto
The Texas Rangers snap their two-game winning streak with a decisive 6-1 win against Toronto. They’re now again a .500 team and they’re in third place in the American League West standings. Texas is 12 games away from the first-place Houston Astros. If Texas is to find a way to at least be a wildcard team, they must continue to win games at all costs.
It was a very good night for the Texas Rangers. Jumping to an early 4-0 was only the first step to having a better game than game one of the series. In the fifth, Texas added one run, making it 5-0. In the seventh, Toronto came on the board, scoring one run, however, Texas made it 6-1 in the eighth. Toronto failed to attempt a comeback. Texas proved they’ve had enough of Toronto’s bullying.
Nick Martinez took the mound. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two hits, one run, and striking out two batters, improving to 2-3. A respectable performance.
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Jose Leclerc relieved Martinez. When Leclerc entered, Toronto had the bases loaded with one out. Miraculously, he found a way to prevent Toronto from inflicting damage. Though, Toronto scored a run, it was not charged on him. Leclerc pitched 0.2 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out two batters.
Jeremy Jeffress then entered. Pitched 0.2 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter. Alex Claudio relived Jeffress, pitching 0.1 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out no batters.
Keone Kela closed the game, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out no batters. A fine performance by Texas’ pitching corps. They forced Toronto to leave nine batters on base. Furthermore, Toronto’s Jose Bautista went 0-for-4, striking out twice.
Offense finished 8-for-29, striking out seven times. Good to see the batting strike out less than eight times again. Everyone had a hit with the exception of Robinson Chirinos, who the designated hitter for this game. Carlos Gomez, Nomar Mazara, and Adrian Beltre each blasted a homer. For Beltre, it’s his 447th career homer. Beltre’s hitting streak is at five games now. Gomez is on a nine-game hitting streak. He’s yet to be hit-less since returning from injury. Mike Napoli broke a two-game hit-less streak. Delino DeShields and Elvis Andrus are now both on a two-game hitting streak. Offense only left two batters on base. Batting did good. In any case, they must keep it up.
Tyson Ross takes the mound for game three. He’s looking to go 2-0 for the first time in his career. Texas is looking to win their fourth straight series. There’s two games left of this series, so Texas must win both.