Another series win. And still your American League best Texas Rangers. How about that?
- Martin Perez started today's series finale against the Astros, and in typical Martin Perez fashion, he was at times infuriating to watch. After a mostly painless two innings to start the game, his command disappeared in the third inning, allowing two Astros runs to score. Over the ensuing innings, he was hit-or-miss with his command until finally working a 1-2-3 frame in the fifth. His final line was 6.0 innings pitched with 2 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Ideally, that walk total would be lower, but it was enough to keep the Rangers in it today.
- Fortunately, the Rangers came back in the bottom half of the third inning with three runs of their own. Elvis Andrus started it with a walk, and was immediately driven in by a Mitch Moreland RBI double. Bryan Holaday singled, then a Jurcikson Profar single scored Moreland to tie the game before a Nomar Mazara opposite-field single -- against a slight shift, no less -- scored Holaday and gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
- Prince Fielder hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave the Rangers an insurance run and a 4-2 lead. When both Moreland and Fielder are hitting for power, the whole lineup runs a bit more smoothly.
- Jurickson Profar got the start at third base today in place of Adrian Beltre, and in the top of the seventh inning, committed a throwing error that put Jake Marisnick on second base with no outs. Jose Altuve ended up singling to bring Marisnick home and make it a one-run game heading into the final stretch.
- Fortunately, Rougned Odor provided an insurance run of his own with a solo home run that made it 5-3 Rangers.
- With Sam Dyson unavailable, Tony Barnette, Matt Bush, and Jake Diekman worked the final three frames in order, with Barnette being the only pitcher to give up a run after the Profar error.
- Unless the Astros manage to sweep the rest of the season series, Texas will take the Silver Boot once again in 2016. So, that's cool.
- Another series against the Mariners looms in Seattle starting tomorrow night, with Texas having a chance to pad their division lead a bit.