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The Texas Rangers have wrapped up their two-game series against Cincinnati. The Rangers managed to win one game, but thanks to Seattle losing two straight, their lead is now 6.5 games. The Rangers are now 74-53 for the year.
Let’s take a look at how they did
Offense: Registered 12 hits, scored six runs, and struck out nine times. Amazingly, in game two, the offense struck out just once and homered back-to-back for the eighth time this season. In game two, Yu Darvish homered for the first time in his baseball career, becoming the fifth Japanese pitcher to hit a home run in Major League Baseball, and becoming the first Texas Rangers pitcher to homer since Bobby Witt back in 1997. Adrian Beltre’s run-scoring double in the eight inning of game two was his 2,900th career hit and 583rd double. Nomar Mazara’s three-run homer in game two, was his fifteenth homer this season, and Carlos Beltran’s hitless streak is now at 24-at-bats. Overall, the offense had a decent performance.
Rotation: Derek Holland and Yu Darvish were the starting pitchers. Holland, who was pitching for the first time since June 20th, allowed four hits, surrendered one run, and struck out five in 6.0 innings. Very good performance, but the Rangers went on to lose 3-0, thus giving Holland his sixth loss. Darvish went 6.0 innings, allowing four hits, surrendering a season-high of five runs, and striking out five batters. He also walked a season-high of five batters, and he went to earn a no-decision, despite a Rangers win. Overall, a respectable performance by both Holland and Darvish.
Bullpen: Allowed two hits, surrendered two runs, and struck out three. In game two, Jake Diekman earned his fourth win, Matt Bush had his 15th hold, and Sam Dyson earned his 28th save. The only hiccup by the bullpen has surrendering two runs in game one, but the Rangers offense couldn’t build any momentum, so the bullpen can’t take the entire blame. Overall, the bullpen did a nice job.
The Rangers are now headed back home to Arlington for a three-game series against Cleveland, who is the second best team in the American League. The Rangers have won 14 series at home, and the Tribe is coming off a series loss against Oakland. Cleveland scored only three runs against the A’s.
Cole Hamels will be on the mound tonight. The Rangers want to win their fifteenth series at home.
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