The Texas Rangers swept the Detroit Tigers with a 3-1 victory today. Joey Gallo was the story in this one with two long home runs — his first bombs since returning from the IL — but the story of the week was the starting pitching for the Rangers.
- Jesse Chavez allowed an unearned run in 6 1⁄3 innings on Monday.
- Yesterday, the future 2019 AL Cy Young Award winner Mike Minor allowed the only earned run by a Rangers starter in this series. He also tossed a complete game so he’s probably not torn up about it.
- Today, Ariel Jurado gave the Rangers a career-high seven shutout innings as he allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four Tigers. The sinker was working as he induced a couple of double plays when he found himself in trouble.
That’s 22 1⁄3 innings of one-run work for Rangers starters in this sweep. Imagine that from a team that started the year with Edinson Volquez, Drew Smyly, and Shelby Miller being heavily counted on. None of them are in the rotation now but the Rangers are just sort of miraculously trucking along.
The Rangers are a season-high nine games above. 500 and have tied their season-high with five consecutive wins. The season is now half over and there are only six teams in Major League Baseball with a better record than your Texas Rangers.
Player of the Game: Joseph Nicholas Gallo put on a hitting clinic today as he worked the count to three balls in his first two at-bats and when they were forced to throw him a strike, he deposited them into the seats with authority for two solo home runs. In his third appearance, Gallo worked the count full and the Tigers didn’t give him anything so, instead of hacking for a third dong, he took the pitch for another walk.
Gallo also struckout because we all must stay humble. The only thing missing was a damn All-Star Game starting nod. Cowards.
Up Next: The Rangers travel to St. Pete to take on the R’ehs in a possible Wild Card preview with RHP Lance Lynn set to open up the series for the Rangers against the mysterious TBD for the Rays. First pitch from Friday’s opener at Tropicana Field is scheduled for 6:10 pm CT.