In their first meeting of the season against their in-state rivals Houston Astros, the Texas Rangers emerged victorious to remain in first place and knocked the Astros down to the bottom of the A.L. West standings. By getting Sunday off due to poor weather and Monday not having a game scheduled, the Rangers came into this game well rested. Judging from their performance in this game, they really needed the rest.
Derek Holland was on the mound for the Rangers, and had a challenging, but impressive start. Going into the top of the second inning, the Rangers were up 3-0, but after allowing three doubles, and surrendering two runs, it looked as if it wouldn’t be Holland’s night. Holland didn’t give up, and made it out of the inning without allowing Houston to cause further damage. In five innings, Holland allowed a total of five hits, surrendered two runs, and struck out five batters. What’s crazy is that four of hits that Holland allowed were doubles, but he still maintained control, and he now is 2-0 for the year. So far Holland is having a great season with some wins and a low ERA.
The bullpen did an amazing job at holding the fort. There was a scare in the seventh inning when reliever Keone Kela surrendered two back-to-back solo homers, but as soon as we has relieved by Jake Diekman, everything was fine. The bullpen allowed a total of three hits, surrendered three runs, and struck out three batters.
Now on to the offense……
Well, I can honestly say that it’s about time that the offense had an amazing performance like this one. Registering a total of twelve hits, and being struck out only twice is what I call a very good night for the Rangers offense. Prince Fielder blasted a two-run homerun in the first inning and Mitch Moreland blasted a solo homer in seventh. The Rangers are now at ten homers for the season, and it looks as if they’re slowly making progress to improving their ability to blast balls out of the park.
The final score of this game was 7-5. As expected, it was a challenging game for the Rangers. Honestly, whenever the Rangers take on the Astros, it’s always going to be a challenge.
Game 2 is tonight and Cole Hamels will take the mound. Hamels will look to go 3-0, and the Rangers will look to go on their first three-game winning streak this season.
They need to stay on the win column to increase their lead in the A.L West standings.
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