After learning that yet another pitcher…this time Colby Lewis…would be making a trip to the disabled list, the Rangers (and their fans) definitely needed some good news. I think a 7-5 win over Detroit is heading in the right direction.
Yu Darvish started out a bit shaky (not at all shocking) in the 1st, walking the first batter and then hitting another just in time for Prince Fielder to smack a double to center field, scoring both runners. Thankfully, the Rangers would get one of those runs back when Ian Kinsler knocked in his 8th home run of the year to lead off the bottom of the 1st.
Fielder would strike again in the 4th by hitting his 12th home run of the year, but the Rangers bounced back in a big way in the bottom of the inning. With 1 out and 1 on, Michael Young hit his 2nd triple of the year to left, scoring Adrian Beltre. Nelson Cruz would then single to tie the game at 3′s. A single by Yorvit Torrealba would finally give the Rangers the lead, which they would keep for the remainder of the game. The Rangers tacked on 1 more run that inning on a single by Brandon Snyder, who ended up ending the inning by trying to stretch it out into a double.
A passed ball and a Josh Hamilton home run – his 24th of the year – would give the Rangers a total of 7 runs on the night. Detroit would also go on to score 2 more.
Since I’ve spent the majority of this post talking offense, let’s talk about pitching…
With the exception of the 2 mistakes to Prince Fielder, Darvish had a pretty good night. The rookie gave up 4 runs on 4 hits, walked only 1 and struck out TEN over 7 innings. Mike Adams came in to pitch the 8th, giving up a run in 1 inning pitched. Joe Nathan came in and closed things out with a perfect 9th, including 2 strike outs.
FINAL: Rangers 7, Tigers 5
(EDITOR NOTE: So I detect a theme lately when it comes to me and Rangers games. It seems that whenever I’m supposed to be covering the Rangers games, it suddenly becomes the very last thing that I want to do. Which is silly because I usually watch every other game except the one I need to watch. Go figure.
Well, to keep with the trend, I decided that catching up on my DVR (which consisted of watching Rizzoli and Isles…go right ahead and judge me.) I did flip over from time to time, but just couldn’t do it. Sorry, kids. I’m pretty sure it had to do with me just getting back to town after 4 days in NYC.)
- Martin Perez was called up to take Colby Lewis’ spot on the roster.
- Scott Feldman will be starting Thursday against the A’s.
Next up: The Rangers take on the Tigers in the final game of the series on Wednesday at 7:05pm CT. Roy Oswalt will take the mound for his 2nd start of the year against the Tigers’ RHP Doug Fister.