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Thoughts on a 3-1 Rangers win

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Rangers 3, Orioles 1

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Rangers 3, Orioles 1

  • Kolby Allard and Nick Solak, man. That’s two mid-season acquisitions that are looking brilliant right now.
  • Allard continued to do what he’s done since coming to Texas, throwing in the low 90s, keeping his team in the game, and once again picking up a W. 6.1 IP, 8 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 2 Ks. Allard has, in 6 starts and 33.1 IP in the majors, a 3.78/2.95/4.23 ERA/FIP/xFIP. It’s fair to say he has exceeded expectations.
  • The bullpen kept the O’s off the board the rest of the way. Emmanuel Clase needed 3 pitches to get 2 outs in the 7th, Rafael Montero threw a scoreless 8th, and Jose Leclerc picked up the save with a scoreless 9th that started with a double, included a two out walk, and ended with Hanser Alberto, the winning run, flying out.
  • Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the offensive, outside of Nick Solak, was largely anemic. Solak had a two run homer and a walk. Logan Forsythe had a pair of hits. The rest of the team combined for two hits, and only got their third run of the game due to some Baltimore clownball.
  • The offense continues to be a problem. The Ranger pitching tonight, however, was more good than the offense was bad.