I didn't get to watch the game today, but fortunately, I got to catch Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks for portions of it. Some thoughts:
- Nick Martinez continues to impress. After a 6.0 inning performance in which he allowed no runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, his ERA after four starts sits at a pretty 0.35. Of course, a BABIP of .250 and an FIP of 3.34 would seem to indicate that some regression is in order. Regardless, despite perhaps issuing a few too many free passes, Nick seems to be showcasing a bit more confidence in his off-speed offerings in 2015, and very well may keep a spot in the rotation if/when reinforcements begin arriving. That, of course, assumes he continues pitching well and keeping the Rangers in games.
- Mitch Moreland had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-5 and being the main reason the Rangers were able to force extra innings.
- Of all people, Leonys Martin ended up being the guy to hit a big dinger to give Texas a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th inning. After an Angels error allowed Adam Rosales to score from 3rd base, the Rangers had an insurance run and a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 11th inning.
- It was a strange moment of sorts in the bottom of the 11th. After retiring Mike Trout on strikes, Albert Pujols came to the plate, bringing up memories of the 2011 World Series. Of course, he promptly doubled, and who else but David Freese came to the plate representing the tying run. Freese eventually flied out to right field, but it was an odd moment, to be sure. After an Aybar single, Feliz closed the door a finished off a 5-4 victory.