The Rangers really needed a game like tonight’s victory in Kansas City. Texas was coming into Wednesday on a dreadful five-game losing streak having been out-scored by a combined 44-16 since last week’s series in Houston began.
In addition, Texas had allowed at least 11 runs in each of their last three games, had been getting pummeled by disappointing injury news from down on the farm, and lost Elvis Andrus to injury in last night’s defeat to boot.
Tonight’s rebound wasn’t even as simple as running out Mike Minor and collecting an easy win, as has sometimes been the case this season, and as the 6-1 score would seem to indicate, as Minor allowed 10 baserunners in his five innings of work and struck out just three.
However, thanks to some well-timed double plays, and perhaps some poor sequencing luck for the Royals, Minor was able to wiggle out of jams and picked up his fourth win on the year.
Player of the Game:
Willie Calhoun was freed from Triple-A and hit a monster two-run dong in his first at-bat to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead they’d never relinquish. Later on, Willie would lace a single to finish the night 2-for-5 in his 2019 debut.
Up Next: The Rangers and Royals will close out this series with a rubber match between RHP Lance Lynn for Texas against RHP Homer Bailey. The Thursday first pitch from Kauffman Stadium is scheduled for 12:15 pm CT.