Scott Feldman, pictured below, continued his streak of great pitching only allowing two runs on 8 hits, as the Rangers won their second game in a row against the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, on Saturday.
During July, Feldman was 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA and since June 19, he is 6-0 with an ERA under 3.00. He’s quietly becoming the Rangers most dominant pitcher. He has lowered his ERA from 7.01 at the beginning of June to a much more respectable 4.52, and hasn’t lost a game since June 14. For now, he is solidified in the Rangers starting rotation and unless he completely falls apart, I don’t see any reason to put him back in the bullpen. In fact, he may be pitching even better than he did in 2009 when he won 17 games for the Rangers.
Alexi Ogando picked up his 3rd save the season pitching a scoreless 9th. Ron Washington rested Joe Nathan for a third straight day.
The offense got a single and 2 RBIs from both Josh Hamilton and rookie Mike Olt. Olt has added another RBI in today’s game against the Royals. He now has three runs driven in, in three games as a starter.
Ian Kinsler added 3 hits and Elvis Andrus had a single and a double.
As I’m writing this, Derek Holland just blew a 5-2 lead by allowing homeruns to Jeff Francour and Brayan Pena. Pena’s second homerun of the entire season. I’ve been saying all season that if you’re a player with no power who wants to hit homeruns, just get a few at-bats against one of the Ranger starters. They give up more homeruns to crappy hitters than any staff I’ve seen. Pena now has only 13 homeruns over an 11 year career in the majors. Now, Holland can claim one of those. Good for you, Dutch Oven. Royals now lead 6-5 in the 6th.
With the win yesterday, the Rangers improved their record to 63-43 and have a 5.5 game lead over the A’s and a 6 game lead over the Angels.