- It was a win, but a potentially costly one, with Joey Gallo leaving the game mid-at bat in the fifth due to an oblique issue. Gallo apparently felt it on a throw in the top of the fifth, then felt it after fouling off a 2-1 pitch, then after wincing on a check-swing on 2-2, Chris Woodward pulled him from the game. Gallo apparently didn’t want to come out, saying he was fine, and Woodward said Gallo passed the strength tests on the oblique after the game, though he also said that Gallo is so strong that passing that may be misleading. Gallo has gotten an MRI and they’ll review that before making a decision. My guess is that he sits tomorrow and they see how he feels Monday, on the off day. Both Delino DeShields and Zach Granite are in Nashville’s lineup tonight, so it seems they don’t think the issue is so serious one of them has to be pulled and sent to Arlington right now, which is a good sign. That being said, between the oblique and his sore wrist, I wouldn’t be surprised if they put him on the 10 day injured list just to give him a chance to get fully healed and not risk him making either situation worse.
- Anyway, as for the game itself...Lance Lynn had another quality start, his fifth in a row, allowing just one run in six innings of work before giving up a pair of doubles (between a strike out and a wild pitch) in the top of the 7th to get pulled. Final line was 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 7 Ks, 0 walks and 2 runs scored.
- Lynn’s ERA/FIP/xFIP on the year is now 4.50/3.17/4.06. I think its fair to say the Rangers are getting the sort of performance from him that they were hoping for when they signed him to a 3 year, $30 million deal (that was much criticized by Rangers fans) this past offseason.
- Jose Leclerc came into the game in relief of Lynn and struck out both batters he faced on 9 pitches. He’s struck out 21 of the last 34 batters he has faced.
- Chris Martin threw a scoreless 8th, though with 2 hits allowed. Shawn Kelley threw a scoreless 9th that saw the final out recorded on a 4-1 play where Ronald Guzman had gone far to his right to try to field a ball that Rougned Odor got to, with the throw meeting a streaking Kelley at first base for the final out.
- A four run fourth put Texas ahead and in cruise control. A Hunter Pence single followed by a Joey Gallo home run made it 2-0. Asdrubal Cabrera then singled, Odor flew out, Ronald Guzman doubled, Jeff Mathis had a sac fly and then Shin-Soo Choo doubled, chasing Royals starter Homer Bailey from the game.
- The Rangers picked up another run in the 6th on a walk/error/sac fly series, and their final run in the 8th on a Choo double/Mazara single combo.
- A pair of doubles for Choo, a homer and walk for Gallo, Odor got a hit, Mazara got a pair of hits, Mathis drew two walks. Just all sorts of stuff happened on the offensive side of things today.
- Texas looks to take the series tomorrow. In the meantime, we hold our breath while waiting for Gallo news.
Thoughts on a 6-2 Rangers win
Rangers 6, Royals 2