A whole but of usual MLB nonsense happened today but then the Texas Rangers were down 7-5 — and looking likely to end their road trip with another road loss — when Shin-Soo Choo pinch hit for basically a worse-than-normal-National-League-pitcher at the plate in Jeff Mathis and slapped an eighth inning two-out, two-run game-tying single to give the Rangers a chance.
Texas would eventually grab hold of the lead an inning later on a two-out, back-to-back doubles rally from Nomar Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera and leave Seattle with a comeback victory and series win over the Mariners.
See ya, west coast.
Player of the Game: Texas had several heroes at the plate including Choo, Mazara, and Cabrera to go along with road warriors like Hunter Pence and Logan Forsythe but for me, Jesse Chavez’s two innings of shutout relief following Drew Smyly’s disastrous seven-run outing allowed Texas to keep battling back and eventually take the series.
Up Next: The Rangers will return to Arlington to open a series against the Kansas City Royals beginning Thursday night. Mike Minor will take the mound for Texas against RHP Jakob Junis for KC. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.