The Rangers were very un-Rangerly today as they scored runs early and often for a veritable smorgasbord of support for their young pitchers. Texas scored at least one run in each of the first four innings this afternoon after they had scored their only runs of the last five contests in a single inning trickling in each.
If you had told me back in February that Kyle Cody would pitch the Rangers to a win with Anderson Tejeda and Sam Huff going deep, I would not have believed you. A lot has changed since February, as we know, and the trio of hyper-inexperienced youngsters did indeed help drag the Rangers back to the win column today.
Cody went five innings on 67 pitches and allowed just one run on three hits with zero walks and five strikeouts in his longest and arguably best outing since joining the rotation. For his effort, which including retiring the final 11 Angels batters he faced, Cody picked up his first big league win.
Player of the Game: Joey Gallo hit a two-run home run to give the Rangers and Cody a rare cushion, Tejeda hit one like 450 ft, Rougned Odor and Derek Dietrich hit solo shots in the eighth inning to pad the lead, but I’m giving this one to Huff for drilling his first career big league dong and for shepherding Cody through his first big league win from behind the dish.
Up Next: The Rangers and Angels will close out their season series tomorrow with Kyle Gibson in line for the start against RHP Dylan Bundy for the Angels. Monday’s finale from Angel Stadium is scheduled for 3:10 pm CT.