The Texas Rangers have ended their 2016 four-game losing streak to the Chicago White Sox with a come back 13-11 win. However, due to Monday night’s loss and Seattle win on Tuesday night, the Rangers are 1.5 games behind first place in the A.L. West Standings.
Here’s How it Went Down
Offense: Great night for the offense. Registered seventeen hits, scored thirteen runs, and were struck out nine times. Three homers were hit by the offense with two of them being three-run homers, which were hit at most opportune times. Overall, the offense went 17-for-38 at bats. Prior to the game, Prince Fielder moved down to the fifth spot in the batting lineup since he’s been struggling. Moving him down is a well-made move.
Starting Pitching: Terrible. Derrick Holland had another poor outing. In just 2.1 innings, he allowed eight hits, surrendered five runs, and struck out two batters. As a matter of fact, he’s only pitched 4.3 innings in his last two starts, and he’s allowed nineteen hits, surrendered fifteen runs, and struck out only two batters. Holland’s luck has to improve.
Bullpen: Not bad. Started out very bad, but got better. Allowed five hits, surrendered six runs, and struck out only one batter. Shawn Tolleson earned his eleventh save for this season. As I had said, when the bullpen began, it quickly got ugly, but with some support from the offense, the bullpen was able to get the job done.
This game was nothing but a roller coaster. The game was delayed due to a storm after the second inning, and when the game resumed, the Rangers found themselves down 5-2 at the top of third inning, but thanks a three-run homer by Bryan Holaday, it was all tied up. Then at the top of the fourth, the Rangers were down 10-5 and it looked as though the White Sox had the game won, but that did not happen. In the eighth inning, the Rangers scored six runs to take a 13-11 lead, which sealed the win.
Game 3 is Wedneday afternoon. Cole Hamels will take the mound and will look to go 5-0. He’ll be squaring off in a duel against Mat Latos, who is 5-0. Last time Hamels was on the mound, he took on Jordan Zimmerman, who was also 5-0, and Hamels earned his fourth win in 2016. If the offense hits well and score runs, Hamels should have a good night, and the Rangers can win their second straight series. It’s all about teamwork.
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5/11 vs. White Sox 1:05 pm
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