Texas Rangers go home run crazy in win over White Sox: One Big Takeway

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Nomar Mazara
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Nomar Mazara /

Now winners in 10 of the last 12 games, the Texas Rangers crushed the Chicago White Sox, 11-3, in a Friday night victory. The Ranger offense continued its June onslaught.

The Texas Rangers wasted no time against the Chicago White Sox tonight. It took just three innings for Texas to get out to a 10-0 lead. All but one starter contributed at least one hit. Surprisingly, the odd man out was Adrian Beltre. But he can afford a few “odd man out” games.

Shin-Shoo Choo got the early momentum going after drawing a leadoff walk to extend his on-base streak to 41 games. He now has possession of the MLB season-long on-base streak, passing Phillies’ Odubel Herrera. Though the Rangers spoiled a scoring opportunity in the 1st inning, they more than made up for it in the 2nd.

In the 2nd inning, Rougned Odor hit a solo home run, Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run home run, and Nomar Mazara hit a three-run home run. Just like that, the Texas Rangers were up 7-0.

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ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 04: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers hits a standup double in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) /

In the third inning, Joey Gallo hit a solo blast 433 feet over the center field wall and Choo hit a 447 foot two-run bomb to center as well. The Rangers combined for five home runs in the first three innings of the game. Not too shabby.

Certainly not be overlooked was Yovani Gallardo‘s stellar outing. The veteran struck out seven and allowed just four hits through 7 1/3 innings. Jeff Banister pulled him in the eighth, prematurely in my opinion, and cost Gallardo two additional runs to his ledger.

Overall, it was a near flawless effort by the Texas Rangers as they stomped the White Sox 11-3.

One Big Takeaway

The Texas Rangers offense is extremely talented in its full form

Texas has now scored 73 runs over their last 12 games. That averages to six runs per game. Coincidentally, they’ve won 10 of those 12 games. It has undoubtedly been a team effort, but the offense stands out more than any other area of Texas Rangers baseball during the run.

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The last two weeks represent this offense’s capabilities. This is the offensive production that we all expected at the beginning of the year. Home runs are always a big part of the offense and that hasn’t necessarily been a weakness this season. However, it’s the offensive unity that is leading to such tremendous success.

Choo is reaching base literally every game, Elvis Andrus‘ presence is back, Mazara is driving runners in, the ageless Beltre is doing his usual thing, Odor appears more under control than ever, Jurickson Profar is Mr. Consistency, Gallo picks his moments for home runs, Chirinos no longer looks helpless at the plate, and Delino DeShields is back to his simplistic approach.

Put all of the above together and you have an offense that scores six runs a game.

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After two months of dreadful baseball, the Texas Rangers are back to being fun to watch. Trade season may disrupt the offensive flow, but until then, let’s hope the united offense continues to crush the baseball.