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Rangers 7, Angels 1

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers 7, Angels 1

  • Its a win! The Rangers won a game! Against another team! The losing streak is over!
  • Lance Lynn, who gave up four runs in the first inning of his last start, his first outing post-trade-deadline, generating much angst over him heading downhill and losing value, returned to pitching like the Lance Lynn we have come to know and love during this time with the Rangers. The single run he gave up in 7 innings was on a home run allowed to someone named Jared Walsh, who I thought was a 90210 character.
  • Lynn only allowed 4 hits and 2 walks, but he also hit three batters, including Justin Upton twice in the left wrist. Upton left the game after the second HBP. X-rays were negative, but I would wager Upton sits tomorrow.
  • Lynn’s ERA is now 2.52 on the season, fourth in the A.L.
  • Jonathan Hernandez pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out one and rebounding from his last outing, when he gave up 3 runs in 1.1 IP. Nick Goody struck out 2 in a scoreless ninth.
  • Last night’s goat, Elvis Andrus, who went 0 for 4 with a GIDP and a foul pop out as the tying run in the ninth to end yesterday’s game, put the Rangers on the board in the second with a 407 foot rocket to the second deck in left. Elvis also had a walk. It was a better game for him than yesterday’s.
  • Three Ranger runs scored on sacrifice flies, two on a Matt Thaiss error, and one on a Ronald Guzman single. Three sac flies seems like a lot. One of them was by Eli White, and was his first major league RBI, although he still is seeking his first major league hit.
  • Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit except for White and Anderson Tejeda, each of whom also drew a walk. Jose Trevino had a pair of hits, as did Ronald Guzman.
  • Elvis’s home run left the bat at 106.8 mph. Jose Trevino’s double was 100.3. No one else on the Rangers broke 100 mph in EV tonight, though Nick Solak had lineouts of 99.7 and 98.6.
  • Jonathan Hernandez had the three fastest pitches from any pitcher from either team tonight, coming in at 98.9, 98.8, and 98.7. Lance Lynn reached 96.3 mph on a pitch, while Nick Goody’s fastest pitch was 92.4.
  • That was a nice win. I’d like to see some more of those.