Just like that, the Rangers are back to .500 on the season. Some thoughts:
- Early on, it looked like it might be a relatively short outing for Cole Hamels, as he required 27 pitches to get through the 1st inning. He gave up a run in the frame. After that, he managed to settle in nicely, and only required 95 pitches to get through 6 innings, giving up only the 1 run on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The 3 walks are still a bit higher than you'd like to see, but it's nice to see that Cole has been able to minimize the damage when things get tough early on in the season.
- Adrian Beltre absolutely tore the cover off of the ball tonight. He was 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 doubles, both of which could have likely been home runs with some slightly different wind or even in Adrian's home park in Arlington. This is a guy that just turned 37 years old. And he's still solid on defense. It's not difficult to see why a contract extension hasn't happened yet. There's simply no real comp in recent memory to what Beltre is doing at his position.
- The Rangers had 10 hits once again, getting those hits from a variety of sources. Prince Fielder, Bryan Holaday, and Rougned Odor managed to drive in runs in addition to the home run Adrian Beltre hit.
- Speaking of Bryan Holaday, he was only in the game due to Robinson Chirinos taking a pitch to his right forearm. Chirinos was removed from the game and taken to get X-rays.
- The bullpen did its job tonight, and things are starting to settle in nicely after a rough start to the season. Other than a Trout double off of Shawn Tolleson in the bottom of the 9th, things never really got out of hand. Then again, it's Mike Trout. It's hard to be upset at any pitcher for giving up a hit to Trout. After Trout's 1-out double, Tolleson induced a fly-ball out of Albert Pujols and a routine grounder from C.J. Cron to preserve the 4-1 victory for Texas. Everyone can now exhale.
- As was mentioned here earlier, still no official word on Shin-Soo Choo, but at this point, it would surprise me a good bit to not see Nomar Mazara starting in right field tomorrow.