The Rangers continue terrorizing postseason contenders.
Texas have swept a series three times in 2014, one time against Atlanta (last weekend), the other two coming versus Oakland, both times on the road. They went a remarkable 7-2 at O.Co this year.
Behind a showcase series from Jake Smolinski, who went 4-5 on Thursday afternoon, Texas pounded out 15 hits to produce 7 runs in route to completing the sweep. Nick Martinez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 5.2 innings, and it's kind of crazy to think that Yu Darvish and Colby Lewis are the only two Rangers starters who've thrown more frames than Nick this year. None of his peripherals are anything to write home about -- 70:55 K/BB ratio, 141 hits in 128.0 IP, et. all -- but in his first big league season -- where ideally he would have been in Double-A or Triple-A -- Martinez has produced a 4.85 ERA. Again, it's nothing special, but it ought to be a lot worse given his timeline to the major leagues.
Leonys Martin, Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Ryan Rua each got two hits apiece on Thursday, with only one of Texas's 15 hits going for extra bases (a double, at that).
By virtue of Colorado defeating Arizona, the Rangers lead on the top pick in next year's draft stands at 1.5 games with 10 left to play.