The Texas Rangers take the victory in the second game of their series against Detroit. As a result, Texas wins their second consecutive series. The Rangers are 2.0 games back from a wild-card spot and 14.5 games behind the first place position in the American League West standings.
The Texas Rangers are 5-2 in their last seven games. They’ve won two straight series for the first time since late June.
This 10-4 victory was a well-played game by the Rangers. However, the Rangers are 58-60 and even though their quest to winning their third straight American League West title is dead in the water, a wild card spot is still a possibility and that’s what they’re playing for. Furthermore, they’ve still got a chance of retaining their Silver Boot.
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Here’s what we saw in this victory:
#1: Wide awake bats. The bats blasted three homers of Detroit Ace Justin Verlander. Only one player went hitless and three players got multiple hits. The eleven strikeouts are the only problem. Unfortunately, the Rangers’ habit of striking out a lot has been plaguing the team all season. The Rangers’ 1,074 strikeouts this season places them sixth in the league. However, their 182 homers this season places them second and their 585 runs scored places them sixth. Joey Gallo hit his 35th home run, which puts him second in the American League.
#2: Very good pitching. A.J. Griffin took the mound, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing five hits, one run, and striking out four batters, improving to 6-3. He’s 2-1 since returning from injury. The bullpen held off Detroit. Matt Bush pitched a hitless and scoreless shutout while pitching 1.1 innings striking out one player, earning his sixth hold this season. Jason Grilli would close out the game, allowing three hits, one run, striking out one batter.
Tomorrow, they go for the sweep.