BY: Richard W, Humphrey
The Rangers are carrying three rookies, and Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, all three made significant contributions to a 6-2 Ranger victory over the Twins. The win coupled with Friday night’s 4-1 win clinched the three-game series, the third series win of 2012 (out of three) and improved the Rangers’ record to an American League best 7-2.
Yu Darvish is one of the rookies. He started and was much better than in his debut last Monday. He threw 5.2 innings, one out shy of turning in the club’s eighth quality start of the year. He allowed 14 base runners including nine hits, four walks and a hit batsman. However, he struck out four and allowed just two runs, only one of which was earned. He threw 102 pitches, 60 of which were strikes. He departed with the score tied at two.
Robbie Ross, another Ranger rookie, followed Darvish to the mound. He faced three batters, retiring two and giving up a hit. It was good enough to qualify for his first major league win in his second appearance as the Rangers promptly tallied a pair of runs in the seventh.
First baseman Mitch Moreland usually starts against right handed pitchers. He however has an impacted tooth and was unable to play today. Brandon Snyder, the third Ranger rookie, was manager Ron Washington’s choice to start at first in Moreland’s place. He came up with three hits, his first three-hit game in the majors. Snyder was also involved in a couple of outstanding defensive plays.
Josh Hamilton, Adrain Beltre and Nelson Cruz also had three hits apiece, as the Rangers hit total was in double digits for just the third time this year. Hamilton had a tremendous home run in the third inning among his trio of hits.
The Rangers’ chief competitor in the West, the Angels also won in New York to stay 3.5 games behind Texas. They beat the Yankees 7-1 behind a strong pitching performance by former Ranger C. J. Wilson who went six innings, allowing a run on six hits. The outing was his second quality start out of three total for the Angels and lowered his ERA to 1.38.
ROSTER MOVE: After the game, the Rangers announced that Yoshinori Tateyama was activated from the 15-day disabled list and was optioned to AAA Round Rock.