Because baseball will never not be weird, the Royals, fresh off going 13 innings without scoring a run at The Ballpark in Arlington, scored two batters into tonight's game after Rangers starter Cole Hamels started the game allowing a hit by pitch and a run scoring double.
Uh oh. Here comes trouble for Hamels again, right? Were we watching the rapid, depressing decline of Hollywood Hamels right before our very eyes? No so much. Hamels got out of the first inning and then threw seven move without allowing another run. Though Hamels struck out just three, he also walked only two Royals.
A return to pre-September 2016 by Hamels will be very big the Rangers and eight innings was just what the doctor ordered for a bullpen that pitched seven innings the night before.
Player of the Game: Poor Robby Chirinos. He's been much better than Jonathan Lucroy this season but he's not Jonathan Lucroy so he gets backup catcher at-bats. Any other night, Chirinos and his two home runs would be your star of the night.
But, I mean...
Chirinos hit two dingers. Ho hum. Joey Gallo hit two dang missiles and is obviously the story of the night for the Texas bats.
Up Next: The Rangers will send the secretive TBD to the mound tomorrow in A.J. Griffin's gout-riddled stead. I
t might be Anthony Bass or maybe Nick Martinez or who knows, maybe it'll be Joey Gallo. The Rangers announced that it will be Nick Martinez for Texas tomorrow night. Kansas City will counter with known entity right-hander Ian Kennedy. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.