17-8 was the final score of last night’s Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles matchup. Texas came out firing and didn’t look back once taking a 10-1 lead after two innings.
The Texas Rangers held no sympathy towards the new-look Baltimore Orioles last night. Texas bashed 10 extra base hits and went 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position, ultimately winning the game 17-8. Every Ranger had a hit in the game and all but two Rangers had multiple hits. It was one of those nights when everything they touched turned to gold.
Andrew Cashner started the game for Baltimore. It was his first start in Texas since playing for the Rangers last season. It was also a start he wishes he never made. Cashner survived just 1.2 innings against his former team, allowing 10 earned runs on seven hits. The Rangers did not allow Cashner to breathe from the first pitch, scoring three runs in the first inning and seven in the second.
Everyone on offense stood out last night, but some a little more than others:
Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to 13 after a 3-for-6 night. He drove in three and scored twice. Joey Gallo recorded his third three-hit game of the season and just his 24th game without a strikeout. He beat the shift with a single down the third base line off the cap of the bat and he ripped a home run to right.
Willie Calhoun showed off his hitting prowess with two doubles to the opposite field. Jurickson Profar started the onslaught with a three-run home run in the first inning that landed in upper deck in right field. Profar drove in four and scored twice on the night.
Lastly, Rougned Odor continued his stellar play. Despite being one of the two Texas Rangers that recorded one hit, Odor reached base all six times he stepped up to the plate. How? He drew five walks. Yes, the man who has averaged 22 walks per season drew five of them in one game. Baltimore was scared to pitch to him, it’s that simple. Odor walked in each of his first four at-bats, one or two of them in which he didn’t swing the bat. Oh, and the one at-bat in which Odor didn’t walk resulted in a three-run homer to right center.
As you can see from the above tweet sent out by Texas Rangers Broadcaster Jared Sandler, Odor made history last night, and he shares that history with some particularly good company.
Game 2 of the four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles will be played tonight at Globe Life Park. As is tradition, first pitch is 7:05 PM CST.
Ariel Jurado will look to follow-up on his dominant performance from last Saturday against the Houston Astros. He went six innings and gave up one run in that start. Certainly, if he can shutdown the Astros, he can shutdown the Orioles. Jurado will face right-hander David Hess. Hess is 2-5 on the year with 5.94 ERA.
Winners in five of their last six games, the Texas Rangers will look to stay hot against Baltimore tonight and through the weekend. It’s a great opportunity for a sweep!