It has been a roller coaster season for the Texas Rangers. The team is finally playing with consistency and put together an all-around fantastic game against the Tigers on Monday.
The Texas Rangers came out full force on Monday against Michael Fulmer and the Tigers. It was a rough outing for Fulmer who lasted just five innings and allowed five earned runs. On the Rangers side lefty Martin Perez continued to impress.
The last couple outings for Perez have been strong, and the 26-year-old looks like he’s finally found some consistency. On Monday, Perez threw six innings allowing two earned runs on six hits. He improved to 7-10 on the season and his ERA went down to 5.08 after Monday’s victory.
That’s not all, the Rangers offense was doing everything on Monday. The team scored six runs on two steals, three walks two sac bunts, a sac fly, and a bunt hit. Also Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run of the season, and Rougned Odor collected three hits in the game.
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The story doesn’t end there as the Rangers bullpen was lights out on Monday. Reliever Ricardo Rodriguez, Matt Bush, and Alex Claudio combined for three shutout innings in the 6-2 victory over the Tigers.
According to Sam Butler, rookie Ricardo Rodriguez was the first Texas reliever to retire all three batters faced with at least two strikeouts in a debut since Scott Feldman in 2005. The 24-year-old righty Rodriguez had his contract purchased from Double-A last week.
After Monday’s victory the Rangers are now 57-60 and three games back of the Wild Card. There is still more work to do, but Texas is playing consistent right now, and could have a legitimate playoff chance.