After Friday night’s game against the Mariners, the Texas Rangers now hold sole possession of the AL West, but also have the best record in the American League at 32-22.
Texas had a phenomenal night batting, going 13-of-34 collectively as a team. Several players were able to get base hits this game, such as Jurickson Profar (2-of-5), Ian Desmond (4-of-5), Nomar Mazara (2-of-3), Adrian Beltre (2-of-3), and Ryan Rua (2-of-3). Those guys were able to reach base at least twice in a flourishing offensive night. Looks like a day off did this offense some good! These heated bats include doubles from Desmond, Mazara, and Beltre, as well as home run shots from Profar and Beltre.
Yu Darvish was able to pitch 5-and-two-thirds innings tonight, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, but tallying 5 strikeouts. Darvish was able to place the ball so perfectly tonight, and though he had a couple miscues, he’s truly ahead of schedule in terms of getting back to what he once was, this being only his second major league game since August of 2014. Darvish certainly outdueled Seattle’s Taijuan Walker, who gave up 9 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, only striking out two batters in 5 innings pitched, but most importantly, gave up both home runs this ballgame.
Darvish was able to strike out some of Seattle’s offensive monsters such as Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, and Adam Lind, something the Rangers missed out on earlier in the season. The only batter for the Mariners who really gave anyone fits was Steve Clevinger, who went 2-of-3 with a double and a walk this game.
For me personally, and perhaps most Texas fans, the player of the game would need to be named Adrian Beltre. The third baseman was responsible for 5 of the 7 runs scored by the Rangers tonight, including a 3-run blast in the 1st inning that set the tone for tonight’s game.
SEATTLE 3 | 9 | 0
TEXAS 7 | 13 | 0
W – Yu Darvish (2-0; 3.38 ERA)
L – Taijuan Walker (2-6; 3.94 ERA)
The Rangers will look to hold onto an AL-best record as they face the Mariners for a second time tomorrow night. Martin Perez (3-4) will pitch for the Rangers tomorrow night at 8:00 Texas time, leading them up against Nathan Karns (5-1) against Seattle.