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Thoughts on a 4-0 Rangers win

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Thoughts on a 4-0 Rangers win

This is Rougned Odor's home run swing
This is Rougned Odor's home run swing
Bob Levey

  • Colby Lewis once again pitched into the 6th, but couldn't get through the 6th, ultimately getting lifted with two on and two outs in the inning.  That being said, it was Colby's best outing of the season, as he didn't allow a run, struck out 8 batters, and walked just two while allowing 7 hits.  Colby allowed some hard hit balls, especially early on, but he battled.  Colby ended up at 108 pitches on the game, a high total for 5.2 innings, but still, if the Rangers have this Colby Lewis the rest of the way, we'll all be happy.
  • With a 4-0 lead and Colby out of the game, Ron Washington turned to Nick Martinez, who seems to have graduated from long man to middle reliever.  Martinez was a tad shaky, allowing 3 hits and a walk in 1.2 innings, but he didn't allow any runs, thanks in large part to Neal Cotts coming in in the 8th with runners on the corners and one out and fanning Chris Carter and Jesus Guzman.
  • With one out in the 9th, Joakim Soria allowed a double to Jose Altuve.  It was the first hit Soria had allowed since April 12 -- Soria had gone literally one month without allowing a hit.  Of course, Soria struck out the other three batters he faced.
  • There were a lot of strikeouts today, on both sides.  Astros pitches recorded 15 Ks, and the Ranger pitchers fanned 14 batters.
  • This is also the 9th shutout of the season for the Rangers.
  • Among the position players, the story of the day was Rougned Odor.  He picked up his first major league RBI in the 4th inning, when he singled in Mitch Moreland.  Then, in the sixth, Odor picked up his second major league RBI on his first major league homer, a blast that went into the upper deck in right field.  Odor also made a great diving play to record an out in the game, and also had got in front of a hard hit grounder, only to have it bounce into his jersey, resulting in the runner reaching first safely.
  • Adrian Beltre had the other two RBIs in the game, coming on a two run homer to left field in the third inning that gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead.  Beltre and Prince Fielder both had two hits in the game.
  • On the bad side, both Alex Rios and Leonys Martin went 0 for 4, and each looked particularly feeble in doing so, with Rios striking out in all four ABs, and Leonys fanning twice.