Texas Rangers Take First Game in Kansas City: One Big Takeaway
By Kenneth Nash
The Texas Rangers were able to extend their win streak to 3 games when they picked up a win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday.
The bats showed up in big spots, Bartolo Colon had another quality start and the Rangers picked up another win, their third in a row by a final score of 6-3. A good day in Kansas City for Texas who now has moved to 30-44 on the season. Here’s our one big takeaway from the away win.
Shin-Soo Choo Is The Most Valuable Player In Arlington Right Now
Shin-Soo Choo is on a league leading 32 game on-base streak and looks absolutely unreal at the plate right now. Choo had another fantastic night today extending his streak early going yard in the very first at bat of the game. He didn’t slow down the rest of the night reaching base in all 5 of his plate appearances. His on-base percentage is now an incredible .394 and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Choo has climbed his way to the top of the lineup and has played a big part in the offensive production the Texas Rangers have had in recent memory. During this 32 game stretch, he’s hitting over .300. He’s solidified himself as arguably the best offensive threat in the order and the Rangers will be hoping he can continue this streak.
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The Rangers were able to jump out to an early lead as Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff solo shot in the first inning. They continued to put the offensive pressure on in the third putting up 4 more runs, 3 of which came off of an Adrian Beltre homerun. Bartolo Colon got the start on the mound and the Royals got within 2 runs by the end of the 4th but were scoreless for the rest of the game. Texas added an insurance run in the 8t and Keone Kela was able to slam the door shut in the 9th and secure the 6-3 win.
The Royals outhit the Rangers 9-8 with everybody in their order recording a hit.
Shin-Soo Choo (TEX): 2-2, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB
Nomar Mazara (TEX): 3-5, RBI, R
Adrian Beltre (TEX): 1-5, 3-run HR
Mike Moustakas (KC): 1-3, RBI
WP: Bartolo Colon (4-4) 6 IP, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
LP: Ian Kennedy (1-7) 6 IP, 5 ER, 8 K, 3 BB
SV: Keone Kela (16) 1 IP, 1 K
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The Texas Rangers will continue this series with the Royals on Tuesday with first pitch set for 7:15 CT. Texas will send Cole Hamels to the mound to face Jason Hammel of Kansas City.