Here's today's baseball is weird fact: Jorge Bonifacio had never had a hit in his life as a big leaguer and hit third in the order for the Royals today. His first career hit was a solo home run off Yu Darvish. Elvis Andrus had never hit cleanup in his life anywhere (probably) and collected the first RBI of the day for Texas on a single to drive in Shin-Soo Choo.
Inbetween Yu Darvish dominating the Royals, Joey Gallo was once again the looming presence for the Rangers as he made an athletic diving catch at third base before hitting an absolutely demolished oppo dong off a left-hander. Not to be outdone, Robinson Chirinos also hit a solo shot of his own as he finished off a series where he terrorized the Royals.
Texas is enjoying home cooking and find themselves back to within a game of .500 with six games left on their current homestand.
Player of the Game: Darvish on this day, April 23 in the year of our lord 2017: 8 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 113 pitches.
Darvish allowed the two runs on two solo dingers in the third to put Kansas City up 2-0. The duo of long balls came on pitches inside and I was rolling my eyes but Darvish really settled in and was rewarded for staying on script with his longest outing since 2014.
Up Next: The Rangers welcome the Minnesota Twins to Arlington for a series which will see Martin Perez oppose RHP Phil Hughes in tomorrow night's opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.