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Tim Bogar really wants this full-time managing gig, doesn't he?

Sarah Glenn

Rangers 2, Astros 1

  • That's now 10 wins in the last 11 games for the red hot Texas Rangers.
  • How about that Nick Martinez?  Quietly, Martinez has pitched pretty well over the last month or so, and with today's outing -- 6.2 IP, 5 hits, 5 Ks, 0 walks, 0 runs -- Martinez has lowered his ERA on the season to 4.61.  Not bad for a guy who was supposed to be spending the year in AA, with a possible mid-season promotion to AAA, and then a September call-up if things went well.  Martinez should get one more start before the season ends -- right now, that would be
  • Spencer Patton, the guy who came over in the Jason Frasor trade, pitched 1.1 scoreless IP, to drop his ERA on the year to 1.08.  That's pretty good.
  • Neal Cotts picked up the save, despite being a little scary, and allowing the one Astro run in the game.  He's got to keep everyone on their toes, I guess.
  • Texas has 12 hits, 3 walks, and a runner reach on an error, and still only scored 2 runs, which isn't good, but hey, they won, and besides, its late September and we're just playing out the string, anyway.
  • Adrian Beltre and Jake Smolinski each went 3 for 4 tonight, and Ryan Rua went 2 for 3 with a walk.  Rua also had a hustle double on a ball that the Astros right fielder dove for, missed, and blocked, which resulted in raves from the booth.
  • Robinson Chirinos hit his 12th home run of the season, which I think its fair to say was not something we were expecting when the season began.
  • Elvis Andrus got a start after two straight games on the bench, and had a couple of very nice plays that had TAG and Busby praising his glovework.  While a lot of attention has been paid to Elvis's bat this year, the biggest problem with his game in 2014 has been his defense, which has been well below what we have come to expect from him.  One can only hope efforts like today will be more in line with what we will see from Elvis going forward.