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Rangers 16, Royals 1

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Rangers 16, Royals 1

  • That was fun.
  • Outstanding outing from Lance Lynn, who went 7 IP, allowing 1 first inning run on 6 hits, with 5 Ks against 1 walks. Lynn has appeared to pitch better than his ERA has reflected this year, but he’s at least got it down to 4.94 on the season.
  • Lynn only went 91 pitches today after 3 straight 100+ pitch outings, including 118 pitches his last time out. With the game well out of reach, Chris Woodward went with Brett Martin for the 8th and Jeffrey Springs for the 9th, each pitching scoreless inning. One of this pair could be on their way out in the next day or two, assuming Shawn Kelley gets activated from the injured list.
  • But yeah, the story today was the bats. Texas was held scoreless until the fourth, when Joey Gallo hit a home run to tie things up, and then scored in every inning thereafter, including a 5 run 5th that gave Texas a pretty comfortable lead.
  • Willie Calhoun continued to be Willie Rakes, going 4 for 7 with a home run, and showing an ability to make the opponents pay if they shift against him by going the other way. He’s hitting .500 and is showing out here in the immediate aftermath of his promotion.
  • Rougned Odor continued to show indications he’s getting back in a groove, going 3 for 5 with a walk and a pair of home runs. Nomar Mazara went 1 for 4 with 2 walks. Joey Gallo went 4 for 5 with a walk, two doubles and a homer, continuing to make grouchy types grudgingly admit that, yeah, he might be kind of good, maybe.
  • Even the old bench guys continued to do damage. Danny Santana went 4 for 7, Logan Forsythe was 2 for 5 with a walk, and Hunter Pence — who figures to lose playing time with Calhoun up — homered.
  • It was a blowout. Guys put up big numbers. The game was fun. Let’s all rejoice.