Thoughts on an 8-6 Rangers win

Thoughts on an 8-6 Rangers win – Lone Star Ball

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Rangers 8, Sailors 6

  • It was a nice little surprise last night.
  • I have to admit that I was ready to give up this game early last night. Once Taylor Hearn gave up a bunch of runs in the first run, I wrote things down and mentally accepted that this streak would be swept by the Ms, and just hoped things could work out from Friday in Oakland.
  • It’s much more fun to be on the other side of things. It’s a lot more fun being on the side that comes back from a big deficit and picks up a comeback win than being on the side that takes a big early lead.
  • Taylor Hearn…maybe we shouldn’t start him in Seattle for a while.
  • On the plus side, after a five-run first inning by the M’s, the Rangers held Seattle to one run the rest of the way. Hearn was in traffic in the second and third, with a double and a walk in the second, and the third starting with an E5 and a single, but he escaped and, despite the big hole he s dug at the beginning, succeeded to prevent it from getting bigger.
  • I will say it helped Rangers come back and put points on the board early in the second. It at least makes him less desperate, less like there’s no way back. Once Rangers tackled a pair to make it 5-2, it put me in a place where I could actually think that, well, maybe they would come back.
  • The bullpen, which has been a problem all season, has been huge for Texas. Albert Abreu came in to pitch the fourth and fifth and was terrific, striking out three of the seven batters he faced, walking one and allowing no hits or runs. Brett Martin gave us reason to worry in the sixth – at which point Rangers had taken the lead – by throwing a walk to Adam Frazier, then a line single to Ty France two put two out with one out. Brett Martin’s forte is getting ground balls, though, and he got a 3-6-1 GIDP first pitch from Jesse Winker to end the inning.
  • Spencer Patton made it exciting again in the eighth, giving up a two-out single and then a four-pitch walk, prompting Matt Bush to take on Julio Rodriguez. Bush had Rodriguez watching on a 2-2 pitch that was out of the strike zone, so the Ms have reason to bitch about that, but the Rangers have also had some bad calls against them this year so… *shrug shoulders *.
  • Bush struggled in the eighth, throwing four straight one-out pitches, then after a jump from Winker allowed Eugenio Suarez to drive home the tying run with a single. Joe Barlow was ordered to put out the fire, which he did by hitting Tom Murphy, but only after charging the bases with a march to JP Crawford.
  • Invited to recover the stoppage after Rangers tackled a pair in the ninth, Barlow got the job done, but with huge help from Adolis Garcia, who made an incredible jumping hold where he lay down and is went horizontal to hook a line drive into the gap to the left center of Rodriguez’s bat. And with that, the losing streak was broken.
  • As noted above, Rangers picked up a pair of points early in the second to cut the M lead. Nathaniel Lowe continued his early-season Rod Carew impersonation in singles at center, Andy Ibanez brought him back home with an RBI double, then Eli White brought Ibanez home with an RBI double.
  • Things stayed that way until the beginning of the fifth. White reached base to start the inning on an E-6 pitching error that put him up to second. Marcus Semien and Corey Seager each had fly balls, but each allowed White to advance, making it 5-3 with two outs after White scored on Seager’s ball.
  • With two on and no one on, Mitch Garver hit another E-6, evoking Adolis Garcia. Adolis spanked a 2-2 pitch for a brace, bringing Garver home and making it 5-4, then came on to score when Nick Solak took Marco Gonzalez deep, making it a 6-5 lead for the Rangers. A Nathaniel Lowe double chased Gonzalez, though former Ranger Erik Swanson got pinch hitter Brad Miller out for the inning finale.
  • Bringing us to the top of the ninth. Corey Seager started the inning with a ball which he hit hard – 99.9mph initially – but slumped, resulting in an F8. Mitch Garver followed with a K. With two outs and nobody, Adolis Garcia came out on top, and despite Drew Steckenrider’s attempts to chase him down, Garcia went seven-pitch walk.
  • It was the bat that got people talking after the game (and, at least on Twitter, during the ninth inning). Garcia, as anyone reading this blog knows, was not known for his patience at home plate in 2021, going just 32 walks against 194 Ks. One of Garcia’s plans for 2022 was to improve his selectivity at the plate. home plate – having fewer throws out of the area he was chasing.
  • That’s why it was a big deal that after seeing five fastballs from Steckenrider to start the inning — two balls followed by three fouls — Garcia dismissed a 2-2 curveball that was just a tad low. This is the type of pitch a reliever will show an aggressive hitter in an effort to change their eye level and get them chasing, especially after five consecutive fastballs. This is the type of ground Garcia must learn to fire in order to build on his 2021 success.
  • And Garcia laid off, spitting on the field, then watching a 3-2 fastball out of the box pass to draw the walk and go-ahead first. Kole Calhoun, who got off to a poor start, sent a 2-2 change down the right field line for an RBI brace to put Rangers ahead, coming on to score an insurance run himself when Nathaniel Lowe followed with a single.
  • It was the type of game that Rangers lost rather than won – a game where they took advantage of breaks and opportunities, while the other team squandered chances.
  • Taylor Hearn topped 94.7 mph on his fastball, averaging 93.9 mph, and hit 95.6 mph with his lead. Albert Abreu hit 98.2 mph with his fastball and 97.9 mph with his sinker. Brett Martin peaked at 92.7 mph with his sinker, while Spencer Patton was just a hair’s breadth behind him with his fastball, hitting 92.6 mph. Matt Bush hit 96.4 mph with his fastball and Joe Barlow hit 94.8 mph.
  • Nick Solak led the way in terms of speed out, with his home run having an out speed of 111.1 mph, the fastest of any batter on either team. Second, ironically, was Julio Rodriguez’s line driving in the ninth that Adolis Garcia trapped, which was 108.8 mph from the start. Corey Seager had a 105.9 mph pitch to go with his ninth inning flight at 99.9 mph. Kole Calhoun’s double was 103.8 mph from the start. Andy Ibanez and Brad Miller had bad luck, losing ground at 103.1 mph and 102.4 mph, respectively, while Nathaniel Lowe hit an error that was 102.5 mph at the start.
  • Now the Rangers are off to Oakland to play the rebuilding A’s — and hopefully Texas can build on Thursday’s win. It’s a long season, but being dipped in the red early on isn’t fun, and hopefully Texas can get things moving in the right direction now.

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