Rangers 10, Yankees 1
- So, you know the complaining I was doing yesterday about the offense not scoring runs? Never mind.
- A.J. Griffin did some work today, and continues to perform like a guy who is a viable major league starter, rather than a minor league free agent you are hoping can keep things manageable until Yu Darvish gets back. 8 IP, 1 run, 5 K's, 1 walk. Griffin's 8 IP is the longest outing of any Ranger starting pitcher this year, and is yet another Quality Start. The Rangers streak of their starting pitchers going at least 5 IP to start the season is now at 21.
- The one run that scored was on an infield single from Mark Teixeira with two on and no one out, which Elvis Andrus, playing on the right field side of second as part of a shift, couldn't glove. I assumed it would be scored an error, and was ready to blame Tom Grieve (or Steve Busby, I forget which one) for praising the left side of the Ranger infield earlier in the game for having not made an error since Elvis misplayed a ball on Opening Day. But it was scored a single, so no big deal.
- Today was Nomar Mazara's 21st birthday, and he celebrated with two hits, two runs scored, and a nice sliding catch. Mazara looks like the real deal, y'all.
- Mazara put the first Ranger run on the board in the first, when he scored on a two out Prince Fielder RBI single, but it was a weird five run, two out rally in the third that broke things open. With two outs, Mazara singled, and then Adrian Beltre doubled, sending Mazara to third. The Yankees chose to intentionally walk the struggling Prince Fielder to load the bases, which backfired when Ian Desmond worked the count full and drew a walk, bringing home Mazara. (It is worth noting Desmond appeared to get a generous ball call on the 2-2 pitch, which looked like a strike). Mitch Moreland then singled home two runners, a wild pitch brought Desmond home and sent Moreland to second, and then Elvis singled home Moreland to make it 6-0.
- The Rangers scored single runs in every inning from the 5th through the 8th after that. Interestingly, Desmond scored a second time in the game on a wild pitch with Elvis at the plate. I'm curious how many times that has happened...
- Everyone got a hit except for Delino tonight. Elvis picked up three hits, Desmond had a walk and a pair of hits (including a homer)' Moreland and Mazara each had two hit nights, and Rougned Odor capped off the Rangers scoring with a home run.
- So hat was a fun game. I enjoyed it. Scoring lots of runs while not allowing many is fun.