The Texas Rangers take game two of their three-game series in the Bronx. As a result, they’re once again a .500. It’s time Texas starts a winning streak. Between game three tomorrow and the All-Star break next month, Texas needs to win as many games as they can. Texas is 12.5 games behind the first-place Houston Astros. If Houston wins, they’ll be 13.5 games behind. In any case, Texas needs to keep winning at all costs. We’re at the point where, “it’s still early in the season,” is no longer an excuse.
A very good afternoon for the Texas Rangers. After they’re heart-breaking loss last night, this win is much-needed. Texas quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. In the fourth, Texas made it 3-0, in the sixth, New York cut the score to 3-1. In the seventh, Texas responded, making it 4-1. Come the eighth, the Rangers scored four runs, sealing their win.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx took the mound. He pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five hits, one run, and striking out three batters, improving to 3-0. The 32-year-old rookie is doing fine, starting this season in AAA Round Rock, to being called up to be reliever, to finally starting his first-career major league game. 12 years in the minors and Bibens-Dirkx worked hard, knowing one day he’d finally get his chance to start at the major-league level. In any case, he needs to keep it up.
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Alex Claudio took over in the eighth inning. He pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter, earning his fifth hold this season. This month, Claudio has allowed one run. Claudio has been fantastic this season.
Keone Kela pitched the ninth inning, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out two batters. This season, Kela has allowed nine runs. As we know, Kela did not make the Opening Day roster due to behavioral problems, but immediately after his call-up, he began playing well and has been playing well since. Seems like his behavioral issue is gone and Kela learned his lesson.
Pitching’s ERA of 4.20 places them 13th in the league. Bullpen is tied for 27th in saves with only eleven and as we know, they have 14 blown saves, which is the most in the league. Defense is third in double plays with 82.
Offense finished 8-for-35, striking out 12 times. Second straight games with more than eight strikeouts. Let’s hope Texas doesn’t keep this kind of streak alive. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre both went a combined 4-for-9. Delino DeShields’ hitting streak increases to four games and Andrus’ increases to six. Rougned Odor is now 0-for-8 in his last two. Napoli went 0-for-4 today. After suffering his first hit-less game since his return, Carlos Gomez responded today with a two-run homer. Robinson Chirinos has a homer in his last two games, going 4-for-7 and scoring two runs. The bats were alive. In any case, they must stay awake.
Nick Martinez steps on the mound for tomorrow’s series finale. He’s looking to win two straight for the first time since 2015. Texas needs to win this game to keep their series-winning streak alive.