While my life has been rolling along, so has the Rangers’ winning streak. I was delighted to check scores during my busy weekend and see my boys swept their in-state rivals, the Astros. Oh, and they picked up another outfielder too.
Alex Rios joined the team Friday as they headed to Houston. He got to watch the offense put on a little show, taking a 9-5 victory in the opener. The youngest guys on the team — Leonys Martin and Jurickson Profar — collected two RBI each. Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler had fun running the bases, each with two hits and three runs scored. Kinsler drew two walks and Beltre drew one. Matt Garza must have been pretty thankful for the offense, and I’m pretty sure he’d be OK never seeing Jose Altuve or L.J. Hoes again. Without those two, the Astros might not have threatened at all.
After a night of watching, Rios decided he wanted to be part of the fun on Saturday. He had two hits, including an 8th inning triple, and scored the winning run in a much closer 5-4 game. A.J. Pierzynski also had two hits, and it was Elvis Andrus who drove in the most runs of the game (2). Meanwhile, Derek Holland was doing his best to keep Houston down. He didn’t fare much better with Altuve and Hoes, but the bullpen kept it all together while the offense took the lead in the 8th.
Martin Perez appears to have enjoyed pitching in Houston. On Sunday, he tossed a complete game, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out eight. If that doesn’t give the kid a confidence boost, nothing will. I don’t care who the team is, pitching a game like that has to help the ego a little. Rios had two hits again and so did Beltre. With Perez holding it down, the boys didn’t need too many runs for a victory, but they scored six anyway.
Monday’s game looks like the one I was most sorry to miss. Apparently Yu Darvish was flirting with perfection into the 6th inning. A questionable call by Ron Kulpa ended the bid and got Darvish’s catcher, Pierzynski, ejected from the game. Darvish pressed on for a no-hitter, but that too was thwarted in the 8th inning when Chris Corporan hit a home run. Sigh. Poor Yu. Luckily, the Rangers got two runs in the 1st to ensure Darvish at least got a win since he missed out on the perfecto, no-hitter, and shutout.
At least Texas is alone in first place in the AL West again. It’s about time.
Winning eight in a row has been pretty fun too.
The Rangers head back to Arlington for a pair of games with Milwaukee. I should get to watch Wednesday’s game (finally), and I look forward to it. I really miss my boys and my Rangers twitter family.