I am sad to say that I haven’t seen a bit of Rangers baseball this week. 9 p.m. start times just don’t mesh well with my 6 a.m. alarm.
I feel like a bad fan, but I have been checking the box scores and highlights every day. And the boys have been doing some good work while I’ve been busy and sleeping.
Martin Perez got the series in Anaheim off to a great start on Monday. He pitched into the 7th, giving up just two runs on four hits. And really, that second run didn’t score until the tail end of his outing. Clearly, he was handling the Angels just fine.
The Rangers didn’t jump on the scoreboard until the 5th, but then they became hard to stop. In the next two innings, they scored five times. A triple from Elvis Andrus and a home run from Adrian Beltre were likely the most exciting hits in that bunch.
On Tuesday, Yu Darvish went to the mound. I never really worry when he pitches because you know what you’ll get from him. And even his “bad” outings really haven’t been all that bad. After being spotted two runs right away, Darvish gave up two home runs in the 1st inning. That probably wasn’t too fun to watch. But after that, he really settled down.
The Rangers scared most of their runs on singles, which is always nice to see too. As much as I love the big hits, it’s reassuring when they can string together some little hits to win a game as well. And, boy did they. The final score was 8-3 with Tanner Scheppers earning his first save of the season.
Wednesday night, the offense really got going. And so did the runners. The Rangers had 16 hits, scored 10 runs, and stole seven bases as they completed their sweep of the Angels. The barrage included another Adrian Beltre home run and lots of singles and doubles.
Alexi Ogando had the shortest outing of any Texas pitcher in the series. I’m not sure he’s 100 percent yet after coming off the DL. But what he did Wednesday was enough, holding the Angels to two runs before turning the ball over to the bullpen. The Halos only scored once more.
Yep, I’m definitely more in love with the Rangers bullpen after seeing what the Aneheim bullpen did this series. I don’t think I realized how good we have it.
KISS: Elvis Andrus. He was 7 for 13 with five RBI.
MISS: Hmm. I really don’t care to go back and find out who was a downer in the series.
Now the Rangers head home to take on Houston, holding onto a tie for the division lead with Oakland. Thanks for the help, Cincinnati. I knew I liked you.