In a game that I’m sure very few in the Dallas metroplex even paid attention to (thanks, Cowboys), the Rangers were able to pad their lead in the AL West, going up 5 games on the A’s.
The big story (again) was Adrian Beltre. With a 3-run home run and a triple to go along with a couple of nifty plays at 3rd, Beltre continued on his recent tear. Oh, and that’s 10 home runs in his last 14 games. No big deal.
The game overall wasn’t overly exciting. The Rangers went up 3-0 in the 1st and just sort of held on for the remainder of the game, just keeping it close enough that you reconsidered changing the channels (you know, for those of us who probably weren’t going to watch the Cowboys in the first place).
Aside from Beltre, Young also hit a home run of his own, his 6th of the year. We can argue all day why the hell he’s playing 2nd when you have a perfectly good middle infielder sitting the bench, but that would be a waste of time because we all know how Wash feels about rookies taking veterans spots…
Ryan Dempster, tonight’s starter, was pretty solid, keeping the Royals to only 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings. The bullpen? Sigh. Let’s just say they have to get their sh*t together before October. Ogando allowed 2 runs in 1 inning. Adams allowed 1 run in 1 inning. Nathan allowed 1 run in 1 inning. Guys, that won’t cut it.
FINAL: Rangers 7, Royals 6