A win against one of the winningest teams in baseball to this point? Check.
- Cole Hamels got the start today, and started off strong. He struggled a bit in the latter stages, and finished with 5.1 innings pitched, 3 earned runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Not his best outing, but enough to keep the Rangers in the game.
- Before the offense came alive, it seemed that the Rangers might run themselves out of this game on the basepaths. First, Rougned Odor found himself caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd on an Elvis Andrus grounder in the 5th inning, and in the same inning, Elvis made the 3rd out when he rounded the bag too far on what appeared to be an infield hit by Delino DeShields.
- Ian Desmond also had a hand in the Orioles being able to put runs on the board. In the 3rd inning, Joey Rickard hit a ball to deep left field. Initially, it looked as if Desmond would run it out, but he never really got a good read on it, looked even worse as he leaped to make the grab, and it ended up being a RBI double for Rickard. Of course, these types of things are magnified when the player in question is mired in a lengthy slump at the plate.
- Fortunately, in the bottom 6th inning and the Rangers down 3-1, Desmond was a part of a monstrous run-scoring inning. To start off, Nomar Mazara doubled to lead off the inning, and after a Prince Fielder pop-up, Adrian Beltre singled to move Mazara over to 3rd. Mitch Moreland had a BABIP double down the left field line that scored Mazara, and that brought Ian Desmond to the plate. It wasn't pretty, but an infield grounder off of his hands was just enough to score Adrian Beltre from 3rd, and Desmond was safe at 1st. The biggest blow of the inning came with Rougned Odor at the plate. With men on 1st and 2nd, Odor hit an opposite-field double that scored both Moreland and Desmond, and with the throw coming to the plate to try to get Desmond, Odor snuck over to 3rd. The scoring ended with an Elvis Andrus single to center field that scored Odor from 3rd. That gave Texas a 6-3 lead they would never relinquish.
- After a rough start to the season, the bullpen has quietly been extremely effective. Tom Wilhelmsen came in to clean up the bottom of the 6th inning, Keone Kela worked the 7th, Dyson the 8th, and Tolleson closed it out in the 9th. The bullpen didn't give up any runs, and since giving up 15 earned runs in the first 4 games of the season, we're looking at a relieving corps that has given up 2 earned runs since. Both were off of a Nelson Cruz 2-run home run given up by Keone Kela in a 7-3 Rangers win over the Mariners on April 11. Other than that, the bullpen has been mostly a shutdown unit. Remember, the walk-off home run given up by Jake Diekman on Wednesday was unearned as the inning should have been over if not for a Rougned Odor error.
- But hey, a win against a team that compiled one of the best records in baseball coming in is always good, right? Tomorrow, Martin Perez faces off against Vance Worley at 7:05 PM.