- Jesse Chavez, fifth starter?
- A remarkable performance by Jesse Chavez today. Pressed into duty because the Rangers are desperate for someone to start games and expected to only go 5 innings at most, Chavez was both efficient and effective today, needing just 79 pitches to go 6.1 IP, allowing 1 unearned run on 5 hits and 0 walks while striking out 7. Chavez’s ERA is now down to 2.79, which is remarkable, given that at the end of April he was allowing a run an inning and there were questions about whether his roster spot was in jeopardy.
- Locke St. John followed Chavez, making his major league debut by finishing out the 7th and retiring both batters he faced. The lefty seems likely to get opportunities in a middle relief role this summer, though given the fact he has options and the Rangers will be shuffling pitchers in the bullpen in order to keep fresh arms up, you could see him go up and down a few times in the coming months.
- Jose Leclerc pitched the 8th, struck out Bobby Wilson, got JaCoby Jones to flew out, and then had an interminable battle with Nick Castellanos, who fouled off multiple 3-2 pitches before drawing a walk. Miguel Cabrera also drew a 3-2 walk, prompting a visit from Julio Rangel, after while Leclerc fanned Brandon Dixon for the final out. 26 pitches for a shutout inning isn’t ideal, though, and one has to wonder if Leclerc might not be available tomorrow.
- Shelby Miller got the 9th and made things more exciting than one would have preferred. After a leadoff walk, a fielder’s choice and a K meant Miller was one out away from a shutout inning, but he allowed a home run to Ronny Rodriguez to make it a 5-3 game. Fortunately, Bobby Wilson grounded out, ending the game.
- Texas jumped in front with a two run first, with a Shin-Soo Choo single, Willie Calhoun single, and Nomar Mazara single making it 1-0, and then a Joey Gallo walk followed by a Logan Forsythe sac fly making it 2-0.
- The third run came in the third inning, when Elvis reached on an infield single, moved to second on a Nomar ground out, and scored on a Joey double. It looked like Texas might get more, with Rougned Odor reaching on a HBP and Ronald Guzman singling, but Gallo was held, and Jeff Mathis had a F9 to end the inning.
- Ronald Guzman homered in the sixth to make it 4-0. The final Ranger run came in the 8th, when Forsythe doubled, went to third on an E8, and scored on a Guzman sac fly.
- Every Ranger had a hit today, and Mazara, Guzman and Elvis each had two hit games.
- Nice win for the Rangers on the road, albeit against a bad team. Texas can clinch the series with a win tomorrow.
Thoughts on a 5-3 Rangers win
Rangers 5, Tigers 3