In a game that featured umpire chaos, ejections and some late-game heroics, the Texas Rangers managed to make a statement in the bigger picture: this team is resilient and will not go down without a fight.
These aren’t your pandemic-stricken 2020 Texas Rangers or even your 2018 or 2019 Texas Rangers. This group is forging its own identity.
Having won two out of the first three games in the series against the Red Sox, the Rangers were looking to clinch the series, and were aided by a six-inning quality start courtesy of Mike Foltynewicz (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s)
Later, though, chaos would ensue.
Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora made some questionable strike-zone decisions, to which Joey Gallo and manager Chris Woodward were unamused and later ejected for arguing.
The Texas Rangers didn’t let umpire matters get in the way of a massive series win.
That fracas wouldn’t matter much in the long run, however, as the Texas Rangers would mount an 8th inning comeback fueled by David Dahl and former Red Sock Brock Holt to take a 5-3 lead, never looking back on the contest after that!
Dahl’s hit came off Red Sox’ reliever Adam Ottavino, while Holt’s came off Boston closer Matt Barnes.
Those relievers only happen to be some of Boston’s finest!
Willie Calhoun and Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed up their near cycles from Saturday night with multi-hit games on Sunday, continuing their hot-hitting ways as well.
The Texas Rangers improved to 13-16 on the season with the win, and 2-0 in the month of May!
While no one is proclaiming the Rangers to be a playoff team, there’s no quit with these players. They’re playing like they want to win every night and leaving all out on the field. And though that won’t always make up for a lack of talent on the roster, this style of play is admirable and a lot of fun to watch.
To beat the Boston Red Sox in a series has to feel great for the squad and a validation of their efforts as they get set to embark on yet another road trip, this time beginning with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Monday night.