I felt like I should write a blog post. The Rangers swept the Tigers this weekend. Twice they came back from deficits to eventually win big. Yesterday I was at a steak cooking contest and was catching updates on my phone. The first time I checked they were losing 2-3. I checked again a bit later and it was 2-5. Then after a while, I checked again. 7-5 Rangers. They won 10-5.
Today, I saw them go down 0-2 early. Martin Perez had two outs in the bottom of the 3rd only to walk J.D. Martinez to put two on. That brought up Miquel Cabrera. If you were wondering if it’s good to walk a guy with two outs so that you have to pitch to Cabrera, the answer is no. No, it’s not good.
It did not pay off. Cabrera hit a RBI double to right.
Perez then walked the bases loaded, and then walked in another run. Fortunately that was all the damage he allowed. Perez went 6 innings, gave up only two hits and allowed 2 runs in a no-decision. Overall, another solid outing from a Ranger starter (I’m looking at you Derek Holland).
Then the Rangers did something they’ve done more than any other team in the league this year…they had a huge inning. This is the 8th time the Rangers have had a single inning where they scored 5 or more runs. I believe Eric Nadel told me that there isn’t another team in the league that has done it more than 3 times.
Odor led off the top of the 8th with a single. Mazara followed with one of his own. I can’t imagine that there is a better top of the lineup in baseball right now. I need to do an entire post on Mazara and Odor (who leads the team in homeruns). After Prince Fielder grounded out, but managed to move the runners, Adrian Beltre drove in Odor with a single:
Then Ian Desmond tied it with a sacrifice fly to right:
Tiger pitcher (and former Ranger) Mark Lowe then intentionally walked Mitch Moreland to put runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs. He then felt the need to bean Elvis Andrus to load the bases.
That brought up Bobby Wilson, who was acquired from the TIGERS earlier this week:
That was the Rangers first grand slam since 2014.
Not to be outdone, Delino DeShields (who really needed this) followed the grand slam with a solo shot of his own:
A nice 7 run inning and we know what that means:
The Rangers added another in the 9th, as did the Tigers, and finished with an 8-3 win.
That puts them at 18-14, a half game behind Seattle.