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Thoughts on a 4-3 Rangers win

Rangers 4, Rockies 3

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Rangers 4, Rockies 3

  • I almost turned the game off after the Rockies made it 3-1 in the 8th.  I'm glad I didn't.
  • So...quality work from Cole Hamels, who allowed just 2 runs in 6 innings.  Alex Claudio pitched a scoreless 2-K inning, dropping his ERA down to 2.93.  Keone Kela had a run score when a lead off walk followed by a sac bunt was then followed by an RBI single, prompting me to contemplate changing the channel, as discussed above.  And Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless 9th, picking up the save with Sam Dyson unavailable.
  • Still kinda baffled the Rangers won this.  Tyler Anderson allowed just two hits through 7 IP, though one of those hits was an Adrian Beltre solo homer, which at the time led one to think, at least we won't be shut out.  Texas put runners on first and second in the 8th with one out, but couldn't get a run home, and that seemed to be the big opportunity gone to waste.
  • But no, the ninth inning saw a rally.  Beltre singled, Rougned Odor hit into a fielder's choice, then Jurickson Profar walked.  With Elvis Andrus up, Odor and Profar pulled off a double steal, then promptly scored on Elvis's single back up the middle.  Mitch Moreland's double brought Elvis home with what would be the winning run, and an extremely unlikely comeback came to fruition.
  • Quite a win -- an unexpected, delightful win.  This season has been full of those, it feels like.