The Texas Rangers had gone 1-10-3 in series since the beginning of July but with three walk-off rally victories over the Angels this week, including coming back from down 7-4 in the late innings tonight, give Texas another series win in a game and series marked by the arrival of the future.
After the young pups came through in several key moments in each game of this series, the ultimately irony was that it was Hunter Pence driving in Elvis Andrus to put this one away in the ninth.
Whatever the case, it’s fun seeing the Rangers win with players young and old as the days remaining at The Ballpark continue to dwindle.
Player of the Game: Willie Calhoun hit dinger No. 13 and Nick Solak swatted a couple of doubles as the youth movement continued. On that front, RHP prospect Jonathan Hernandez made his own MLB debut and got the Rangers out of an inning before coming away with 2 1⁄3 innings of scoreless relief with his first career strikeout. Hernandez’s reward? His first big league win. Welcome to the Majors, Jonathan!
Up Next: The Rangers travel up to Chicago to take on the White Sox for Players’ Weekend with RHP Ariel Jurado set to make the start against LHP Ross Detwiler (yes THAT Ross Detwiler) in the opener. Thursday’s first pitch from Guaranteed Rate Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT.