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Thoughts on a 6-4 Rangers win

Even not-great Yu can be good enough

Rick Yeatts

Rangers 6, Indians 4

  • Yu Darvish was mortal today.  You could tell early on that he was having issues with his command.  That's not all that uncommon...some games, he has issues commanding his fastball early, takes an inning or two to get the feel for it, and then locks in.  Today, Yu never really seemed to truly lock in.  He gave up the first three run home run of his major league career, to Lonnie Chisenhall in the top of the 3rd with two outs, and also gave up an Asdrubal Cabrera home run.  Those two home runs brought home all four runs Yu gave up.
  • Its weird that allowing 4 runs in 7 innings in a win seems like a letdown, but that's how Yu has spoiled us.  The 4 runs allowed matches his high for the year, and it could have been worse, but Yu kept wiggling out of trouble.  His final line with 7 IP, 9 hits, 3 walks, and 8 Ks 110 pitches through 7 innings.  I thought Wash might let Yu start the 8th, given the heavy use of the pen and the fact that Yu had retired six of the last seven hitters he faced, but Wash went with Jason Frasor for the 8th, and I can't say I blame him.
  • Yu did one of his Houdini acts in the top of the 6th...with the score tied at 4, the Indians led off the inning with back to back hard hit singles by Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana.  The lead looked in jeopardy, and I remember thinking, just don't let them score more than one.  But no worries...Yu had this.  He struck out Mike Aviles looking (one pitch after it seemed like he got Aviles swinging, though the first base ump said Aviles checked his swing), K's Michael Bourn looking, then got Cabrera on a tapper back to the mound to escape trouble and end the inning.
  • Frasor and Joakim Soria pitched the 8th and the 9th, and it was pretty boring.  Frasor allowed a walk, and Soria allowed a two-out single, but it never seemed to be in doubt.  Frasor, as a side note, benefited from a circus play by Elvis Andrus to get out of the inning...with Carlos Santana on first and one out, Aviles hit a sharp grounder back up the middle.  Elvis...well, I can't describe it.  Just watch it here.  I was going to embed it, but won't let me, for some reason.  The embed code probably can't handle Elvis's awesomeness.
  • Speaking of Elvis, with an eighth inning single, he extended his consecutive game hit streak against the Indians to 38.  38 straight games, Elvis has gotten a hit against the Indians.  Crazy.
  • Another big offensive game from Michael Choice, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI single and the game-winning hit, a home run in the 7th to break a 4-4 tie.
  • Rougned Odor also hit a home run, a blast in the second inning that went to the upper deck in right field and gave the Rangers a 4-0 lead.
  • Nothing else too exciting to report on the offensive side of the game.  And I'm tired, so that's all the thoughts for tonight.