Texas trailed 2-0 early in tonight’s game as they stared down a potential sixth straight loss. Just when it looked like another notch in the loss column awaited them, the bats found the power stroke they’ve been missing for the last few weeks so as Nomar Mazara, Ronald Guzman, Adrian Beltre, and Rougned Odor each went deep to help the Rangers take the middle game of this series from the Twins 7-4.
Player of the Game: Obviously there were players (such as any of the four listed above who hit dongs) more deserving of this pointless designate but I figure it’s worth noting instead that Connor Sadzeck finally, after many up and down years of being on the cusp, made his MLB debut to get just one out but that one out ended up being a pretty important one.
With two runners on base and the Rangers up by three, Sadzeck came in and promptly threw three 99 MPH fastballs and then got his first career out, a swinging K, on a 79 MPH slider. Inning over. Threat diminished. Lead intact. Career initiated.
Up Next: The Rangers and Twins play the rubber match of this three game series with Yohander Mendez set to make his return to the big leagues against LHP Gabriel Moya for Minnesota. First pitch in the finale from The Ballpark is scheduled for 2:05 pm CT.