- And with that, the Rangers clinch the series against the Reds, and clinch a winning road trip, in advance of tomorrow’s finale. Not bad.
- Mike Minor wasn’t his sharpest today, though he said after the game he felt he threw better than he has in recent outings. Just 4 hits and 4 walks allowed, though 2 of those 4 hits were home runs, one of which brought home one of the walks. Minor was pulled with one out in the 7th, having allowed a home run and a single, and was visibly displeased about coming out of the game, but at 98 pitches and under the circumstances, I think it was the right move.
- Well, I guess in hindsight we know it was the right move because Chris Martin came in and got a double play grounder to get out of the inning.
- Jose Leclerc pitched a clean 8th, striking out a pair and then allowing a long, deep drive by Yasiel Puig to center field that was caught at the wall by Delino DeShields. Nomar Mazara had been lifted due to a tight hamstring the inning before, with Danny Santana moving to right field and Delino going to center, and there was some talk in the post-game that maybe Santana doesn’t catch that ball if he’s still in center. I’m not sure that would have been an issue, but ultimately, Delino was there and caught it, and Leclerc had a 1-2-3 inning.
- Rain was a potential issue all day today, as it rained earlier in the day in Cincinnati, and there were storms coming as the game went on. Around the 7th I was hoping it would start pouring and they’d just call the game with Texas ahead, and in the 9th, when Shawn Kelley came into the game, it was starting to come down. Kelley had an easy 9th, though, and earned the save.
- Texas scored a pair in the first inning to give Minor an early lead. Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with an E-3, then went to third on a Danny Santana single. Elvis brought home Choo on a grounder to third, and after a Nomar Mazara K, Asdrubal Cabrera brought home Santana with a single.
- The other two runs scored in the fourth, when Rougned Odor doubled, was brought home by a Jeff Mathis single, and then Mathis ended up scoring on a Choo single.
- In a weird moment, Nick Senzel of the Reds had to leave the game today after fouling a ball off his foot that bounced back up and hit him in the left eye. He left the game, and there is still no update on his situation (as I write this).
- The Nomar Mazara situation today is something to keep an eye on. Chris Woodward, after the game, said Mazara could have kept playing but he removed him as a precaution. He removed him as a precaution, though, for defense when he was due up first the next time the Rangers hit. Willie Calhoun has been rehabbing and appears to be ready to return from the injured list, and Joey Gallo should be back in the next week. Putting Mazara on the injured list and bringing up Calhoun tomorrow could be a way to give him a chance to get fully healthy while also punting a tough roster decision for the time being.
- Anyway, go Rangers, get the sweep tomorrow.
Thoughts on a 4-3 Rangers win
Rangers 4, Reds 3