The Texas Rangers are now an unstoppable juggernaut. You can’t convince us otherwise!
After failing to post a win until the fifth exhibition game against the Padres on Thursday, the Rangers have now rallied off three consecutive spring training victories, finishing off the D-backs 7-6 on Saturday and now the LA Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday.
Focusing in on Sunday’s contest, the Rangers took to the woodshop early, jumping on starter (and World Series champion) Walker Buehler for four total runs, including three in the first inning courtesy of the home run ball.
And because a spring training game was played, a certain someone was able to add to his surging home run tally.
Joey Gallo is on a home run binge for the Texas Rangers.
That’s right folks, Joey Gallo now has four home runs in five spring games played, including eight RBI’s, good for a 1.962 OPS in 12 at-bats.
Save some for the regular season, would you Joey?
A few batters later in that active first inning, Rougned Odor came up and hit a two run long ball of his own, the first of spring for him as the displaced veteran looks to shore up a roster spot.
The Rangers would never look back after taking that initial three-run lead, adding to it in the second with an Isiah Kiner-Falefa RBI double.
On the pitching side, Mike Foltynewicz made his Texas Rangers debut and was flawless doing so, striking out one in two perfect innings of work.
Not to mention, Folty had the fastball velocity and his flowing blond locks working! His rotation spot looks fairly secure.
Mike Foltynewicz brought the heat for the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Jordan Lyles also made his first appearance of 2021, and threw a clean inning himself.
Kyle Cody ran into some trouble in his outing vs. LA, surrendering two runs and having both of his frames rolled by Chris Woodward, because what would a Texas Rangers spring game be in 2021 without a rolled inning?
Dane Dunning tossed two effective innings against the Dodgers as well, looking pretty sharp outside of one four-pitch walk. The big prospect acquired from the White Sox in the Lance Lynn deal looks headed for the 2021 rotation as well.
Newly-signed Korean lefty Hyeon-jong Yang finished the job in Sunday’s game, striking out his first ever MLB hitter. He would surrender a home run before finally locking it down for a save.
- Nate Lowe went 0-3 in this contest. The case for Ronald Guzman as the starting first baseman is perhaps growing louder and louder, especially as the latter continues to rake. It’s still early yet, though.
- Top prospect Josh Jung got a hit!
- The Rangers sold out the limited capacity at Surprise Stadium on Sunday to 2,145 fans in attendance.
- The Texas Rangers head into their second week of spring training games with a record of 3-2-2!