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Thoughts on a 6-2 Rangers victory

Rangers 6, Twins 2

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Rangers 6, Twins 2

  • Tonight, for quite a while, felt like it was going to be a 1-0 loss.  Then it felt like a game that was going to be a painful loss that the bullpen was going to blow.  Then it was a win.  And that felt awesome.
  • I keep expecting Wandy Rodriguez to turn into a pumpkin.  You know how, when you go to Las Vegas and are playing blackjack, and you double up your bankroll, and so you color up your original amount and just play with your winnings for a while?  Whatever the baseball equivalent is, that's what I feel like we are doing with Wandy.
  • Wandy allowed the first three hitters of the game to get on base, on a walk, single, single, and things looked like they were going south in a hurry.  He then retired the next 18 batters in a row -- allowing just one run in the first, on a sac fly -- before allowing a single to lead off the 7th.  He then went K, walk, K, walk before giving way to Keone Kela, who got Aaron Hicks to ground out to end the inning, with the score still at 1-0.
  • Wandy is now sporting a 3.03 ERA.  I don't know how he's doing it, either.
  • Of course, #5 hitter Elvis Andrus, who has struggled all year and who, it was speculated, might get benched for a couple of games in the near future, went deep in the bottom of the 7th, giving the Rangers a 2-1 lead.  Because who else besides Elvis is going to lead the team to a comeback?
  • Tanner Scheppers relieved Kela, because apparently Kela's 3 pitches in the 7th were all he could handle, and gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the 8th, Brian Dozier.  Scheppers retired the next three batters in order, but with the game tied and the bullpen having issues, plus the team having lost their last two games, there was a sense of foreboding at this point.
  • Not to worry, though...Texas exploded for 4 runs in the 8th, courtesy of a two-run, two-base Aaron Hicks error on a bases-loaded two out fly ball by Mitch Moreland that should have ended the inning, and then a two run single by Elvis to give the Rangers their final 6-2 margin.
  • Elvis's 4 RBI game was a career high.  I'm pretty sure his 1 home run also tied a career high.
  • The offense really didn't do much today...they just timed their hits well.  Elvis had his two hits, Leonys and Prince each had a hit and a walk, DeShields had a hit, and Choo had a walk.  And even the Prince walk was of the intentional variety.
  • With a lefty starting for the Twins, Jeff Banister had five lefthanders and a switch hitter in the starting lineup, and four righthanders on the bench.  Jake Smolinski clearly isn't going to play so long as anyone else has a pulse, but Kyle Blanks is supposedly on the roster to hit against lefty starters.  I'm not sure why he wasn't in the lineup.  Its just a reminder than Ryan Rua needs to shake off the rust and get back up here soon.