The Texas Rangers take game two of their series in Kansas City. This win results in Texas winning their second straight game as well as their second straight series. Furthermore, Texas is once again a .500 team, in second place in the American League West standings and 15.5 games behind Houston.
A long night, but it turned to be the Texas Rangers’ night. Both teams could not get on the board in this game. However, in the ninth inning, Texas made it 1-0. That run turned out to be the decider. This is the second time this season, Texas beats K.C. 1-0 late in the game. Furthermore, Texas is 6-0 against the Royals this season.
Cole Hamels took the mound, hoping to go 5-0 for the second straight year. He pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four hits, no runs, and striking out five batters, earning a no-decision. This is the first time Hamels has pitched back-to-back shut-outs since June 2014. Since his return from injury, Hamels has been doing great. In any case, he must keep it up.
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Jose Leclerc relieved Hamels. He pitched 0.1 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and striking out one batter, improving to 2-2. Leclerc has at least one strikeout in six straight games.
Alex Claudio closed the game, pitching 1.0 innings, allowing 1.0 hit, no runs, and striking out one batter, earning his third save this season. Claudio has at least one strikeout in seven straight games. Claudio earning a save today and yesterday, gives Claudio back-to-back saves for the first time in his career.
Offense finished 5-for-29, striking out six times. The streak of less than eight strikeouts is now at three games. Shin-Soo Choo snaps his two-game hit-less streak, going 1-for-4, including the hit that allowed Texas to score the game-winning run. Going 2-for-3, Carlos Gomez is on a two-game hitting streak. Mike Napoli extends his hitting streak to four games. Nomar Mazara’s hitting streak snaps, ending at four games. Rougned Odor is now hit-less in three straight games. Jonathan Lucroy extends his hitting streak to three games. Adrian Beltre went 0-for-4 remaining 20 hits away from the 3,000-hit milestone.
Yu Darvish steps on the mound tomorrow, hoping to snap his four-game losing streak. Texas is 1-8 in Darvish’s last nine starts. Most of all, Darvish is looking to avoid his first-career five-game losing streak.