The Texas Rangers scored seven runs! The nine game road trip has come to an end and the Rangers produced a third of their offensive output on this trip in today’s finale alone. Better late than never, I suppose.
It wasn’t a good road trip for Texas but a 3-6 record isn’t as catastrophic as it could have been when you consider the fact that the Rangers scored below their season average in every game on the trip until today.
In addition to the bats finally having a nice day at the plate, Kolby Allard also looked pretty good in his second start on the mound for Texas, especially if you consider this is a Blue Jays team that scored 19 runs against Texas as recently as Monday night.
Allard allowed three runs (two of which scored after he exited) in 5 2⁄3 innings as he again sat around 92-93 MPH with his fastball which helped him collect five Ks. Walks were a bit of an issue again for Allard as he gave up three free passes but he only allowed four hits and came away with his first win as a Ranger.
Player of the Game: Big Bear Elvis Andrus went 4-for-5 with a double and a couple of RBIs which, for a Ranger on this trip, is like a dozen of runs batted in. Elvis also stole two bags and now has 25 stolen bases on the year.
Up Next: The Rangers return home where they hope the runs will keep coming in a series against AL Central leading Minnesota. RHP Pedro Payano is scheduled to make the start for Texas whereas the starter for the Twins has yet to be determined. Thursday’s first pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.