The Texas Rangers pick up the win in game two of their series against the Angels. As a result, Texas wins their third straight game for the first time in nearly a month. Furthermore, Texas moves to second place in the American League West standings and they’re 15.5 games behind Houston. Texas is 2.0 games behind the last wildcard spot, which means Texas will have to start winning games when the second half of baseball begins.
Another great night for the Texas Rangers. They took an early 1-0 lead in the first only for the Angels to tie in the second only for Texas to make it 3-1 in the third. The next two innings were quiet. In the sixth, Texas scored two runs, taking a 5-1 lead. In the ninth, the Angels did score one run and had a chance to score another, but Texas didn’t allow it. 5-2 is the final score.
Tyson Ross took the mound. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four hits, one run, and striking out three batters, improving to 2-1. Ross’ 2-1 record is the best start to a season he’s ever had. It’s safe to say that Ross is making progress in resurrecting what’s been a sinking of a Titanic of a career. In any case, he’s got to keep up the good work.
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Jeremy Jeffress relieved Ross, pitching 0.1 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out no batters, earning his fourth hold this season. Matt Bush then came in, pitching 1.0 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out two batters. Alex Claudio pitched the last 2.0 innings, allowing two hits, one run, and striking out two batters.
Texas’ defense drops to third in the league in double-plays as they still have 95. Pitching is 29th in the league in strikeouts with 609 and 16th in runs allowed with 410. In the last three games, pitching has been doing great.
Offense finished 10-for-32, striking out eight times. There’s that streak of eight more strikeouts in a game starting again. Going 1-for-4, Rougned Odor increases his hitting streak to ten games. Carlos Gomez is hit-less in two straight games now. Nomar Mazara and Mike Napoli both have hits in two straight games now, as well as Jonathan Lucroy. Going 2-for-5, Shin-Soo Choo has a chance to start a new hitting streak. Making his return to the lineup, Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Playing his first game since the trip in New York, Drew Robinson went 1-for-2, including a two-run homer. He now has homered in two straight games. Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4, including a two-run homer, extending his hitting streak to four games.
Beltre is now 22 hits away for the 3,000-hit milestone. Hitting his 452nd home run, Beltre is tied for 38th all-time. He’s tied with Carl Yastrzemski. Furthermore, this is Texas’ fifth straight with more than one homer in one game. Texas is third in the league in home runs with 133 and eight in runs with 439. Their batting average of .241 places them 26th.
Yu Darvish steps on the mound for game three. He’s looking to snap a three-game losing streak and help Texas sweep the Angels. In his last start, he allowed a career-high eleven hits. Hopefully, he has a better game this time.