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Thoughts on a 2-1 Rangers win

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Rangers 2, Astros 1

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Rangers 2, Astros 1

  • Baseball is a weird game.  Houston is on a 10 game winning streak and has a pitcher with a sub-1 ERA going, Texas is tailspinning and has Ross Detwiler going, and yet the Rangers emerge victorious.
  • Detwiler, who has taken a lot of criticism for, well, not being good (and to a lesser extent, for being a reliever miscast as a starter, which is more of on the front office than Detwiler), allowed first inning run on a pair of walks, a double steal, and a sac fly.  Detwiler didn't walk anyone else, though, or allow any more runs while striking out 7 over 7 IP.  A really good outing out of him.
  • The bullpen did what he needed to do -- which has been the exception rather than the rule lately -- with Keone Kela pitching a scoreless 8th and Neftali Feliz fanning a pair in the 9th for the save.
  • Leonys Martin hurt his wrist on a diving play in the outfield, and while he stayed in the game initially, he was ultimately replaced in the lineup by Delino DeShields, Jr., who responded with a walk and a double in three plate appearances, and scored the tying run in the 8th on a Jake Smolinski single.  Adrian Beltre, meanwhile, scored the winning run in the 9th inning on a sac fly from Robinson Chirinos.