The Rangers are 26-26

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The seesaw of .500 continues, with a win getting the Rangers back that mark once again. Some notes from the game:

  • The offense came through in a big way tonight. The scoring started on a 2-run error in the top of the 1st inning, and continued with every starter except for Elvis Andrus getting a hit on the night.

  • Speaking of Elvis, he was lifted late in the game after being hit by a pitch in the leg in the 5th inning. It remains to be seen if it was cautionary or if there’s a bigger concern at hand. It would be quite disheartening if he sustained an injury on the play.

  • The bulk of the offensive output on the evening came in a seven-run 5th inning, capitalized by a mammoth home run by Ronald Guzman.

  • Jesse Chavez was the opener today, and worked a scoreless 1st inning while only allowing a hit.

  • Adrian Sampson took over for the next five innings, but then was unable to record an out in the 7th as Mallex Smith — who has apparently inherited Kyle Seager’s Rangers-killing gene — singled. Jeffrey Springs came in and was able to close out the inning with no further damage.

  • Springs ended up allowing another run in the bottom of the 8th inning, but with the Rangers having scored 11 runs, it was of no real consequence,

  • I had a piece up about Rougned Odor today, so naturally he went out and hit the ball hard in his first plate appearance, lacing a double to right field that might have been a home run in Arlington. It was his only hit of the night, and didn’t do a lot in the way of pointing toward a turnaround. Alas, it’s only one game, small sample sizes, all the applicable qualifiers.

  • Hunter Pence continues to impress. 2 hits, 2 walks, and a solid outfield game highlighted by the catch you see in the GIF above. It’s nice to be wrong like this.

  • Shelby Miller worked a clean 9th inning, and the Rangers got an 11-4 win. They’ll have a chance to win the series tomorrow.