The Rangers had their work cut out for them tonight with Danny Duffy on the mound. In their first game of a ten day homestand, the Rangers ran into a tough young lefty for an offense that's kind of gone mostly silent in the last week or so.
To no surprise, really, Duffy threw 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball.
Danny Duffy throwing zeroes is going to happen because he's a very good pitcher. Perhaps, then, it was surprising that Andrew Cashner was able to match him nearly pitch-for-pitch. Not that Cashner is garbage but there's probably a reason he signed a one-year deal seemingly minutes after free agency open season began.
Then again maybe these are two offenses that were just struggling concurrently against each other. Sometimes a pitchers' duel is really just a sad slap fight.
And though I'm trying to dampen whatever appeal a game that was scoreless through what felt like one hundred innings might have, the Ranger bullpen was legit and had one of its best nights of the year after Cashner exited.
The sextet of Tony Barnette, Alex Claudio, Jeremy Jeffress, Matt Bush, Keone Kela, and Dario Alvarez combined to throw seven shutout innings and collect 11 strikeouts while allowing only a single and a walk.
Between the fifth inning and one out in the 13th, the Ranger were no-hit. Joey Gallo then roped a double and Surprise MVP Delino DeShields smacked the walkoff hit after a ten-pitch at-bat to score Gallo and mercifully end this one.
Player of the Game: If your glass is half empty with cyanide-laced Kool-Aid, you could say Cashner was playing with fire during his six innings. However, if you're still drinking a glass half full of the Rangers in 2017, you could say Cashner was working around anything scary to toss six shutout innings against the Royals.
Though Cashner walked four, he only gave up three hits on the night and it seemed like he was aware that he was never really in danger. Cashner has looked fairly serviceable for Texas in his first two starts of the year. That's good.
Up Next: Cole Hamels makes the start for Texas against RHP Nathan Karns of Kansas City. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.