And that's why baseball is the best sport.
- Seriously, this looked like a game, heading into the sixth inning, that the Rangers wouldn't be close in. Much of that was due to yet another poor Derek Holland outing. 3.2 innings pitched with 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Derek's ERA now sits at 5.14 with his FIP at 4.94. His velocity is down from what it was in his best seasons, and he no longer has a viable slider as well as a mostly flat curveball. I don't know anything, but part of me wonders if Derek isn't pitching hurt.
- Nick Martinez came in for the long relief, going 2.1 innings. He gave up 3 hits with 2 strikeouts, and all in all, it was a good outing for Martinez. The Rangers could certainly use more of that version of Martinez in the middle of the bullpen going forward.
- Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos stole the show tonight, each with two home runs. Odor's home run in the sixth inning was of the 2-run variety, and was part of a five-run Texas sixth that tied up the game. Then, in the seventh and eighth innings, Chirinos and Odor each had a home run in the respective innings to make it 7-5 and activate RANGERS7 for Papa John's tomorrow.
- Matt Bush, Jake Diekman, and Sam Dyson worked the final three innings, and each was spotless. Nothing to see here, move along.
- At 41-25, this is the best 66-game start in franchise history. 6.5 games up in the AL West, 3.0 games up for the AL's best record, and on pace for 101 wins. Appreciate the good baseball being played right now, you guys.
- Tomorrow, the Rangers will go for yet another series victory at 2:35 PM with the ageless Colby Lewis on the mound.