As has been the case for a lot of games this August, it was the young future hopefuls that starred for the Texas Rangers tonight. There was Nick Solak doubling and scoring the game’s first run as the infield prospect playing at third base for the first time has now reached in every game he’s played in the majors.
Jose Trevino was caddying Kolby Allard through his fifth start with Texas as he picked up his third win in August. It wasn’t as easy as his last time out in Chicago but Allard kept the Mariners at bay through 5 2⁄3 innings while allowing just two runs on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Allard continues to sport 92-93 MPH on his fastball consistently to get big league hitters out.
Mix in a Danny Santana donger and an easy ninth inning from Emmanuel Clase for his first career save and you have the kind of game the Rangers like to see as we near September in a year that’s all about renovation.
Player of the Game: Hitting is not supposed to be anywhere near Trevino’s strength as a catching prospect known exclusively for his defense but, after a full season of watching Jeff Mathis, seeing Trevino post up with three hits (including two doubles) felt like watching prime Buster Posey tonight.
Up Next: The Rangers will close out the month of August with LHP Brock Burke on the mound against a yet to be determined starter for the Mariners. Saturday’s first pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for sometime after the Rangers finish retiring Michael Young’s No. 10 or around 7:30 pm CT or so.