Despite the loss today (another of the ONE run variety), the M’s still prove to be ROAD WARRIORS . . .
losing the first game to the A’s and the last game to the Rangers but, coming away with a 5-2 road trip.
ON the MOUND
James with another nice outing – SIX of his EIGHT starts have been of the “quality” variety . . .
SIX innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ THREE strikeouts
} Dom, Lucas and Tai each recorded an out in the 8th, retiring the Rangers in order
} Tai went on to pitch the complete 8th, giving up a triple to the second batter but, a sharp ground out to Kyle and a strikeout and he escaped trouble.
AT the PLATE
M’s outhit the Rangers by a couple (8-6) but, fell short in the run department . . .
~ First time the M’s have been shutout in Arlington since September of 1991
~ Austin and Robbie both with TWO hits
~ Kendrys and Jesus each with a double
~ Kyle and Corey with the other hits
Gotta tip the cap to Holland, Tolleson and Feliz (who the M’s have STILL NEVER scored upon)
IN the FIELD
* interesting bottom of the 3rd when the Rangers ran into THREE outs . . .
a DP caught the lead runner between 2B and 3B and, for some inexplicable reason, the runner at 1B kept going and was tagged out at 2B. Martin then singled on a bunt but during the next AB, he made the mistake of trying to steal and was easily thrown out by Jesus
* even MORE interesting . . .
Danny pinch ran for Kendrys with ONE out in the 9th and got to 3B on a single by Kyle but, was stranded there when James popped up to shallow left and Justin flied out to deep left
* M’s recorded TWO double-plays, to the Rangers ZERO
* But, they also had RARE errors from both Robbie and Jesus
tweets of the game . . .