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Thoughts on a 10-5 Rangers win

Rangers 10, Tigers 5

Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Rangers 10, Tigers 5

  • Yay! Back in the win column!
  • And some mighty fine pitching from Dane Dunning today. Not so much so from John King, but let’s not dwell on that.
  • 12 swings and misses on 64 pitches from Dunning today. That’s good.
  • Only one hit and one walk allowed today by Dunning in five innings of work. The hit was a homer, so that was bad, but it was a solo homer. The one run in five innings lowered his ERA on the year to 4.22.
  • Dunning left after just 64 pitches in part to give John King some innings as they continue to stretch King out for a potential starter role. It didn’t go so well for King today. He did strike out three in two innings, but he allowed a solo home run in the sixth and a three run home run in the seventh. The three run shot tied the game at five.
  • Since the Rangers came back and took the lead in the bottom of the seventh, however, and Spencer Patton and Josh Sborz kept the Tigers off the board in the eighth and in the ninth, respectively, King got credit for the win.
  • Abolish the win!
  • All sorts of offensive excitement for the Rangers as well. John Hicks hit the left field foul pole with a moon shot home run that had a 40 degree launch angle. It’s his fourth home run in three games played for Texas. That’s not what I was expecting when they called Hicks up.
  • Hicks also had a single today to go with his home run. Brock Holt also had a home run. So did Adolis Garcia, who also had a pair of walks. Our man Joey G had a single and a pair of walks.
  • David Dahl, meanwhile, had a three hit night featuring two doubles. Could he be getting things back on track? Is he going to show signs going forward of the player we were hoping he could be when he signed?
  • Maybe? And...maybe? I’m not really sure.
  • Dane Dunning reached 92.2 mph on his sinker today. John King hit 94.1 mph. Josh Sborz touched 97.3 mph. Spencer Patton hit 94.7 mph.
  • John Hicks freaky home run was the high exit velocity of the game, at 108.0 mph. Nate Lowe had exit velocities of 106.2 mph and 103.0 mph on a single and a groundout. David Dahl’s doubles were 103.2 mph and 100.2 mph. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a 102.9 mph double and a 101.1 mph groundout. Adolis Garcia’s home run was 102.1 mph, while Brock Holt’s was 104.2.
  • We are all hyped now, right? Looking forward to an afternoon game tomorrow with a chance to win the series and head into the off day on a high note? Of course we are.