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For the first time this season, the Texas Rangers have swept the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers sitting with a seven lead in the A.L. West and are now 14-3-2 in home series. The Rangers are 72-50. The last time they had this record was in 1999, and they went on to win 95 games.
Let’s take a look at how they did…
Offense: Registered a total of 27 hits, scored 16 runs, homered twice, and struck out 16 times. Adrian Beltre hit his tenth career grand slam on Monday. Jonathan Lucroy hit his seventh homer as a Ranger on Wednesday. Ian Desmond went 11-for-35 with seven RBIs. Jurickson Profar’s hitless streak is now at 18 at-bats. Carlos Beltran had six hits, including a game-tying single in game two in the tenth inning. In their last 14 games, the Rangers have scored a run in the first inning just once. Overall, a decent performance for the offense.
Rotation: Martin Perez, Lucas Harrell, and Yu Darvish were the starting pitchers. Perez went seven innings, allowing five hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out six, the most he’s had since May. Perez earned his first win since June 26, thus snapping his four-game losing streak. Harrell went two innings, allowing three hits, surrendering one run, and zero strikeouts. He was pulled out of the game due to a groin injury, and he’s now on the 15-day disabled list and should be eligible to return September 1. Darvish went seven innings, allowing eight hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out nine. Darvish is now 2-8 against the A’s, beating Oakland for the first time since his rookie season in 2012. Overall, the rotation performed nicely.
Bullpen: Allowed nine hits, surrendered three runs, and struck out 17 batters. On Monday, Closer Sam Dyson earned his 27th save of the season and reliever Matt Bush earned his 14th hold. Though in Game 2, Dyson allowed the A’s to tie it in the ninth, and Keone Kela surrendered two more runs and the Rangers then trailed 4-2. But thanks to Beltran’s single in the 10th that tied it, Dyson and Kela caught a break, and Kela earned his fourth win. Overall, the bullpen did very well.
Tonight the Rangers are in Tampa for a three-game series. The Rays are on a four-game winning streak and they’ve outscored their opponents 154-100 since the All-Star break. The starters and bullpen need to be ready.
Cole Hamels will be on the mound for the Rangers tonight. He’ll look to a snap a two-game losing streak.
Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
8/19 @Rays 6:10 p.m.
8/20 @Rays 5:10 p.m.
8/21 @Rays 12:10 p.m.