Rangers win home series against Angels

Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis survived Wednesday's slugfest against the Angels. Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis survived Wednesday’s slugfest against the Angels.
Photo Courtesy: Darryl Briggs

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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Texas Rangers have won their home series against their AL West rivals the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers are still one game behind Seattle for first place in the A.L. West standings. At least they’ve won two series in a row, but they need to keep doing that.

How the Rangers did it…
Offense: Another respectable, but not very productive series for them. Registering 32 hits, scoring 19 runs, and being struck out a combined total of 20 times. The not very productive part is the fact that they went 32-for-102 in this series, and only homered twice, both of which were by Nomar Mazara. Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder had a combined four hits in this series. In Game 3, the Rangers registered 18 hits and scored 15 runs, which is the respectable part.

Rotation: Same as the offense. Respectable, but not productive. Allowing a total of 20 hits, surrendering eight runs, and striking out only eleven batters. Derek Holland is slowly regaining his groove, Martin Perez has slightly improved, and Colby Lewis struggled but was able to earn his fourth win of the season thanks largely to the offense and bullpen.

Bullpen: Pretty good performance in this series. They allowed a total of 10 hits, surrendered four runs, but struck out only six. The only scare was when Shawn Tolleson surrendered a three-run homer with no outs in Game 3, but when Matt Bush relieved him, the Rangers bullpen immediately regained control. The big question about the bullpen right now is what will happen to Shawn Tolleson.

The Rangers were off on Thursday. They will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Cole Hamels will take the mound and will look to go 6-0. This will be the series where Yu Darvish returns to the team!

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