- So Lance Lynn started off the game by letting the White Sox load the bases with one out, but struck out Eloy Jimenez and just out to retire Tim Anderson go get out of the top of the first unscathed. Sadly, Lynn allowed Anderson to double, and then Yolmer Sanchez to double, and while he then elicited a fly out from Zack Collins to end the inning, Texas was down 4-0 before they had even had a chance to bat.
- But! Things turned around. Maybe powered by Fittz hate, maybe for reasons we can’t divine, Lynn decided to be great most of the rest of the way. He retired the first batter of the second inning, gave up a Leury Garcia double, and then set down 17 of the final 18 batters he faced. The one that wasn’t an out was a Tim Anderson home run, which, yeah, isn’t great, but 6 innings of 2 hit, 0 walk, 1 run ball is pretty good. We just have to ignore that ugly first inning.
- Jose Leclerc pitched a 1-2-3 8th with a K, and Chris Martin had a scare in the 9th, due to an infield single and an errant pickoff throw, but ended up picking up the save and sealing a 6-5 win. So maybe Martin is the closer again, or maybe Chris Woodward will pick names out of a hat. There’s no telling,
- The story of the game offensively was Nomar Mazara, who, a day after hitting a 505 foot home run into the Home Run Porch, hit two more home runs today. That gets his wRC+ on the year up to 100, which isn’t great still for a right fielder who isn’t much defensively, but it’s at least triple digits. It also gives us the opportunity to have some hope that something has clicked and we are going to see more hard hit balls in the air from Mazara. We would all really like that.
- Texas had 14 hits in all tonight, which kind of makes you wonder why they only scored 6 runs, though 2 runners got thrown out at home and 1 got thrown out at third. Everyone got a hit tonight except Asdrubal Cabrera, who at least had a walk. Nomar has his two homer runs. Shin-Soo Choo, Logan Forsythe and Willie Calhoun each had a single and a double. Elvis Andrus and Ronald Guzman each had two singles.
- Ronald Guzman also left the game for the ninth due to heel soreness. The Rangers have to make a roster move Tuesday to get Joey Gallo on the active roster, so this is something to keep an eye on.
Thoughts on a 6-5 Rangers win
Rangers 6, White Sox 5