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Thoughts on a 7-1 Rangers win

Rangers 7, Yankees 1

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Rangers 7, Yankees 1

  • Y'all tired yet of winning all the time?
  • Yeah, me neither.
  • A dominating performance from Cole Hamels, who got a first inning lead and never appeared in danger of losing it over his 7 innings.  Hamels struck out 7, walked just 1, and while he allowed 6 hits, most of them were of the infield or softly hit variety...Hamels was at just 86 pitches when he left the game, and he likely would have gone deeper had Texas not made it a 7 run game.
  • Jeff Banister used the big lead as an opportunity to get Jake Diekman a low-stress inning.  After a stretch of 20 games where he allowed just one run, Diekman had allowed runs in two of his previous three outings, with 5 runs total being put on his ledger over his last two innings of work.  Diekman allowed Jacoby Ellsbury to start off the 8th with a double, and Ellsbury came around to score, but it was a generally solid inning, with Diekman throwing 9 strikes in 14 pitches.
  • Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth, once again, and continues his journey back into the tree of trust.  In eight appearances since being activated from the leave list, Tolleson has allowed a run in just one game, against Seattle on June 10, when allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in an inning of work.  Shawn Tolleson is looking more and more like a solid major league reliever of late.
  • Texas got on the board in the first with an Adrian Beltre two run home run, and then it looked like that was going to be it for the day, as Yankee starter C.C. Sabathia shut Texas down from that point until the top of the 8th, when it became a blowout.  Shin-Soo Choo started the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and then Ian Desmond reached on an infield single.  A Beltre single and a Prince Fielder double brought two runs in and put two on with no one out, chasing Sabathia from the game.  Nomar Mazara, pinch hitting for Ryan Rua, singled home Beltre, and Rougned Odor singled home Prince.  Odor was erased on an Elvis Andrus GIDP, but Jurickson Profar brought home the final run of the inning, and the game, on another infield single.
  • That Profar single also meant half price pizza tomorrow, you guys.  Eat up.
  • Oh, and Desmond had another 3 hit game.  Beltre had a 3 hit game, too.  And Prince had a two hit game, scoffing at those of us who pronounced him done earlier this month.
  • You know, I'm running out of superlatives.  51-27 for Texas on the season.  29-8 in the team's last 37 games.  Most wins in MLB.  Another series taken, and in position to sweep tomorrow, after also winning Monday night's bizarre game that included the 3.5 hour rain delay in the ninth inning. (Note -- I've been informed it is a four game series.  Disregard that previous sentence.)
  • This team may have a little something.