Texas Rangers Weekly Report 9: Rain ruins Cleveland series
By Brian Sweet
The Texas Rangers had a very weird series in Cleveland.
First, the forecast pushed Monday’s game into a double header on Tuesday and the Rangers weren’t ready for that first game, losing 6-3 after Jon Gray had a bad start.
However, in the second game of the doubleheader, Taylor Hearn showed why he belongs in this starting rotation by coming out and getting aggressive against the Guardians. That was probably the best start Hearn has had all season long to date as the Rangers went on to win 6-3.
Once again on Wednesday, rain in the forecast just had to be the center of attention in the last game of the series, causing a two=hour delay. I don’t blame the Rangers for losing the final game of the series 4-0. Having to sit two hours and comeback to win a game afterwards just didn’t work out on Wednesday night.
Find out who made the lists in this week’s edition of the Texas Rangers Weekly Report.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Hot
Lets start off with the player who is about to make the Rangers millions in merchandise. Steele Walker, Texas Ranger, was called up for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Even though he didn’t get a hit in his first home game, he did get a home run in Cleveland in the first game of the double header.
I don’t know how much longer Steele will be up with the Rangers, but at least he got his first hit and home run out of the way with one swing of the bat.
Another of the top prospects in the organization got called up on June 4th after Josh Smith went down with a shoulder injury. That would be Ezequiel Duran, acquired in the Joey Gallo trade. Along with Walker, Duran also had a good week getting his first hit and home run of his career.
Marcus Semien is trying to win over fans after signing that huge contract and had a great start to that effort this week. In 29 at bats, Semien had 12 hits, including five home runs and five RBI’s this week. I can’t wait to see how he will do at home next week against the Astros.
Like I said at the beginning of the article, Hearn showed up against Cleveland in a big way. In 5.2 innings, Hearn stuck out six, only allowing three runs and four hits. That was probably the most aggressive I’ve seen him pitch this season. If we see more of this from Hearn, he won’t leave the rotation.
Apparently he must have saw my last weekly report and wanted to get back in the top list again. He robbed the Guardians of a huge extra base hit in the bottom of the first inning.
He then made another on the opposite side of the field later on in the game. Then he made one final catch in the ninth inning just when I thought we were about to have extra innings.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Not Hot
While he did have a good week after being called up, he went down with an injury that will probably keep him out of the lineup for a while. I feel bad for him cause he was doing so well at third base the week before. Hopefully he recovers well and will be back on his feet in a bit.
When you blow a game late and give the other team the win, you will end up on The Who’s Not Hot list. Matt Bush had the opportunity to end the game against the Mariners on Sunday and blew that chance. I personally don’t know why he is still on the team anymore.
Seager had a rough week at the plate, striking out six times and only getting five hits. I expect more from Seager considering the huge contract he signed with the Rangers during the offseason. Hopefully, he can turn it around next week.
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