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Rangers 3, M's 1

Jennifer Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers 3, M's 1

  • When the Rangers went out and got Yovani Gallardo, I think tonight was what they were hoping to get out of him.  Not a bunch of strikeouts -- only 3, against 2 walks -- but a ton of groundballs, 3 GIDPs, and 6 IP.  That was a job well done.
  • Gallardo didn't allow any runs, though that was in no small part due to Shawn Tolleson.  With a pair of runners on and no one out in the 7th, Tolleson retired all three hitters he faced -- two on Ks.  Tolleson has yet to allow a run this season, and he continues to perform like someone who can be counted on to give you solid work out of the bullpen late in games.
  • Tanner Scheppers made his season debut for the Rangers today, and showed some signs of rust...the velocity was there, but the command wasn't where it needs to be.  He faced Brad Miller to lead off the 8th, and left a pitch up to Miller that was driven into the gap for a double.  Miller came around to score on a sac fly, Robinson Cano got on base with a single, and with the score 2-1, Texas, Nelson Cruz hit a blast that looked like it was going to give Seattle he lead.  But Cruz got under it, Carlos Peguero made the catch in deep left, and Texas went to the 9th up one.
  • Speaking of scary, with Neftali Feliz in the game in the bottom of the 9th, bases empty and one out, Logan Morrison hit a towering shot to right field that looked like it was gone.  But in Safeco, nothing carries as well as you think it will, and Shin-Soo Choo ended up making a leaping catch at the wall that appeared to save a home run.  Texas had picked up an insurance run in the top of the 9th, so it wasn't like that would have tied the game, but still...
  • Big games at the plate by Prince Fielder and Robinson Chirinos.  Prince, DHing tonight (and apparently saying before the game that the team was better off with Mitch Moreland at 1B and him at DH, which is interesting), continued to do his Tony Gwynn impression.  With a 2 for 3 game that included a walk and an RBI opposite-field double in the first that brought home Leonys Martin with the game's first run, Fielder is now hitting .419 on the season.
  • Chirinos, meanwhile, went 2 for 4 with a home run, and also scored the 9th inning insurance run that made Logan Morrison's near home run a little less scary.  Chirinos bounced into what was initially called a double play in the 9th, but on replay, it was determined he beat the throw, putting him at first base.  He then advanced from first to third on a wild pitch/throwing error combo, allowing him to score when Adam Rosales's chopper down the line hit third base and bounded away from Kyle Seager for an RBI infield single.
  • Is it just me, or does it seem like half the games we play in Safeco end up like this, 3 hour long games where you can count the runs scored on one hand?