That was a wild one!
Can you print out an entire baseball highlight and frame it on your wall because I want Willie Calhoun driving in Rougned Odor to tie the game in extras after Texas had lost a lead in the ninth and trailed in the tenth above my mantle?
Player of the Game: All it seemingly took to fix Jose Leclerc was removing him from the almost definitely cursed role of closer for the Texas Rangers.
Since his demotion following a blown save in his final appearance in April, Leclerc has allowed just one run in nine innings after allowing 10 runs in 10 2⁄3 innings in April. Today, in his most impressive outing of the year, Leclerc struck out five Cardinals in two spotless innings of middle relief in a tied game.
Ultimately, if Leclerc is fixed now, and he certainly looked excellent today, it’s perhaps to Texas’ benefit to keep him in a fireman role rather than tie him back to a role that limits his availability anyway. Then again, they could have used this Leclerc in the ninth.
Up Next: The Rangers welcome the Mariners to Arlington to open a three-game series with Mike Minor set to take the mound for Texas on Monday against RHP Mike Leake for Seattle. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.