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Thoughts on a 5-4 Rangers win

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Rangers 5, M’s 4

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Rangers 5, M’s 4

  • Well how about that.
  • A win. In walkoff fashion, even. That was fun.
  • Taylor Hearn continues to do respectable work in his rotation audition. Still being stretched out, Hearn was lifted after 3.2 IP and 52 pitches. He gave up a pair of unearned runs in the first — it appeared he got an inning-ending GIDP, but Andy Ibanez missed the bag at second, setting the stage for a two run home run from Kyle Seager (of course). He struck out three and walked one.
  • Drew Anderson, called up on Friday and added to the 40 man roster because, well, the Rangers traded three pitchers and someone needs to pitch, stepped in as the second half of a tandem with Hearn and threw three scoreless. It was Anderson’s first major league appearance in almost a year — his one appearance in the bigs last year was 1.1 inning outing on August 8.
  • Brett Martin faced one batter and recorded one out, and then Joe Barlow struck out the side in the eighth. Barlow has, in his appearances so far this year, done quite well. I am encouraged.
  • New closer Spencer Patton gave up a home run in the top of the ninth to tie the score at 3 and blow the save, though that just set the stage for a walk off win. A walk off win that was all the more exciting when he allowed the zombie runner to score in the tenth.
  • This Jonah Heim fella the Rangers got from Oakland in the Elvis Andrus trade? I think he catches a little? He was pretty good today. A pair of two run home runs. Apparently in the post game it came out that when he was leading off the tenth, down one with the zombie runner at second, he asked Chris Woodward if he should bunt. Woody told him no, go ahead and walk it off.
  • I guess it worked.
  • Taylor Hearn topped out today at 97.3 mph. Joe Barlow reached 96.9. The one fastball Brett Martin threw was 92.8 mph. Drew Anderson hit 95.0 mph and Spencer Patton reached 94.8.
  • Jonah Heim’s home runs had exit velocities of 103.6 mph and 102.3 mph. He also had groundouts of 106.9 mph and 97.5 mph. He hit the ball hard. Adolis Garcia had a double at 109.0 mph.
  • Let us celebrate those wins that may come. Each may be the last.