It took only two and a half hours for the Texas Rangers to pull off the sweep of the Seattle Mariners today in what definitely looked like a Wednesday getaway game featuring a hodgepodge Texas lineup missing the AL’s OPS leader in Joey Gallo and slapdash pitching from a Rangers squad featuring the opener strategy.
Jesse Chavez did what he decided isn’t actually baseball and tossed the first 1 2⁄3 innings of baseball today to begin the game before giving way to Adrian Sampson who allowed the lone M’s run in his 5 1⁄3 innings of work.
Ariel Jurado came in for a scoreless inning in the eighth and then the Rangers turned to Shawn Kelley to close out the win at breakneck pace.
With the win, the Rangers are back above .500 for the first time since April 28 — also the last time they faced Seattle — and have tied their season-best winning streak at four.
Player of the Game: Hunter Pence continued the thrill his hometown fans as he went 2-for-4 with both of the Rangers’ runs scored while his solo dong in the sixth inning proved to be the decider in a one-run game.
Up Next: The Rangers will now take a day off before setting off for a brief two-series west coast road trip with a stop first in Anaheim to take on the Angels beginning Friday night.