Texas Rangers: Another Miracle Another Hard-Fought Win

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 22: Elvis Andrus
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 22: Elvis Andrus /

The Texas Rangers do it again. They give themselves another miraculous come-from-behind hard-fought victory. As a result, due to the Angels, Mariners, and Astros all winning, Texas remains in fourth place, 18 games behind first place in the American League West standings. Furthermore, Texas wins the series and they’re once again on a two-game winning streak, being their first since the opening series of this half of baseball.

Just like game one, this game started in a way in which it wasn’t going to be the night for the Texas Rangers. The first two innings going scoreless, Tampa jumped to a 3-0 lead in third, only for Texas to cut that lead to 3-1, making it 4-3 thanks to a few Tampa miscues. Excellent defense helped Texas prevent Tampa from coming back, thus sealing their win.

Andrew Cashner took the mound, looking to earn his second win this month. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, and striking out four batters, improving to 5-8 this season. His next start will be next Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. He’ll be looking to wrap up July with a 3-1 record.

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Jose Leclerc relieved Casnher in the seventh, pitching 1.0 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out no batters, earning his ninth hold this season. Consequently, his nine-game streak with at least one strikeout is over. However, he’s on a three-game streak of not allowing a run.

Keone Kela then came in, making his first appearance in nearly a month. He pitched 0.2 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter, earning his eighth hold. Not bad. Seems like he’s feeling no ill effects. In any case, he must keep it up and stay healthy.

Alex Claudio pitched the remaining of the game, allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out no batters, earning his fourth save this season. His streak of not allowing any runs increases to six games. At any rate, he must keep it up.

The offense finished 5-for-33, striking out 14 times. Six players struck out multiple times. Shin-Soo Choo extends his hitting streak to five games. Rougned Odor extends his hitless streak to two games. Going 3-for-4 with a solo home run, Elvis Andrus extends his hitting streak two games. Furthermore, for the second time this season, Andrus has three hits in back-to-back games, as well as homer in back-to-back games. Nomar Mazara is now on a five-game hitless streak and Carlos Gomez’s three-game hitting streak comes to an end. Going 1-for-3, Adrian Beltre is 13 hits away from reaching 3,000 in his career. Jonathan Lucroy and Mike Napoli both go hitless, with Lucroy’s hitless streak increasing to four and Napoli’s to two.

Tyson Ross takes the mound for game three, hoping to avenge his loss against Baltimore where he allowed six runs in the first inning. Sweeping Tampa is certainly going to help Texas and boost their pride up a little bit. In any case, they need to continue to fight and win.