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Astros 4, Rangers 3

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Astros 4, Rangers 3

  • Its a good thing the Rangers are already out of the race, because otherwise I’d be mad about this game.
  • On the pitching side, Mike Minor got a Quality Start, giving upm3 runs in 6 innings, though with the help of a couple of spectacular diving catches by Delino DeShields. Jose Leclerc, who has been terrific this year, gave up a run kn relief to break a 3-3 tie, and that was that.
  • However...the story of the game was the Rangers getting tons of baserunners without tons of hits, and failing to take advantage. Texas only had 5 hits, but they drew 10 walks, had 5 HBPs, and reached on an error. And still only managed to score 3 runs.
  • 17 runners left on base by Texas in 9 innings. That’s hard to do.
  • Even the five Ranger hits were kind of weird, because they were all opposite field hits. Rougned Odor had a hard hit opposite field double, Jurickson Profar had an opposite field single against the shift, Ronald Guzman had a double and a single the other way against the shift, and Robinson Chirinos had an opposite field single. Not a single hit for Texas was pulled, or even nit back up the middle.
  • Texas obviously had chance after chance, and failed to cash in. Even in the ninth, they had runners on first and second with one out, Adrian Beltre up as a pinch hitter, and Beltre hit into a GIDP.
  • It was one of the strangest games you will see. Baseball can be very strange sometimes.