Believe it or not, but the Rangers have been heating up over the last week or so. After a dreadful first few weeks in June, Texas has now won four of their last six contests as they secured a series win at worst against the Royals in this final set of the current homestand.
To get here, it all started with starter Kyle Gibson proving to be the superior Kyle today as the Rangers’ top starter tossed seven innings and allowed zero runs on just two hits with a lone walk and a season-high 10 strikeouts, all on an efficient 95 pitches.
Gibson is now 6-0 and sports an ERA of 2.00 which leads the American League and we’re very nearly halfway through the season. That’s remarkable for a club that has been hovering around 20 games below .500 as we enter the summer months.
Gibson’s statline is remarkable period considering he gave up 5 of the 20 total earned runs he’s allowed this season just 2⁄3 of an inning into his Opening Day start against these Royals.
Check “Revenge against Royals” off the to-do list.
Player of the Game: It’s Gibson but maybe maybe it’s Joey Gallo. Gallo walked twice and had a couple of hits today but let’s just say that he made the most of them.
The two-out, three-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth turned a relatively close game into a laugher and was Gallo’s 14th of the season.
In the bottom of the eighth, Gallo added his 15th dinger of the year.
Joey Gallo is the AL’s best right fielder. He leads the sport in walks. He’s finally getting pitches to hit and he’s demolishing them. Joey Gallo should be an All-Star. At the very least, get this man to Coors for the HR Derby.
Up Next: The Rangers and Royals close out this series with Texas looking for the sweep and the opportunity to finish this ten day homestand with an even record. RHP Jordan Lyles will make the start for the Texas against RHP Brady Singer for Kansas City. Sunday’s finale first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 1:35 pm CT.