BY: Richard W. Humphrey
This week, the Texas Rangers split a two game series with the Los Angeles Angels to win the season series 10-9. The Rangers come home for a weekend series with Seattle having gone 2-4 on the two city road trip.
On Tuesday, Mike Minor shut out the Angels for the first six innings, and the Rangers gave him a lead with Shin-Soo Choo singling in a third inning run.
The game fell apart for Texas in the seventh though. Minor gave up a single and two walks to load the bases to start the inning. A one out double and a two out single scored four runs for the Angels.
Each team scored a run in the eighth inning to make the final score 5-2. The Rangers’ run came on Danny Santana’s 23rd home run.
Minor drops to 11-8, and his ERA is up to 3.25. Angels reliever Miguel Del Pozo got the final out in the Ranger seventh inning to earn the win, his first in the Major Leagues. Del Pozo was signed by the Rangers last December as a minor league free agent. After going 2-3 with a 5.12 ERA in 42-2/3rds innings, the Rangers traded him to the Angels for cash considerations on August 9.
On Wednesday, the Rangers chose to open the game with Emmanuel Clase and follow him in the second inning with announced starter Ariel Jurado. Clase loaded the bases with one out, but escaped scoreboard damage with an inning ending double play.
Jurado followed Clase to the mound and turned in a sparkling performance. He got a big assist from Delino DeShields, who made arguably the Rangers’ catch of the year. The fly off Brian Goodwin’s bat in the third inning was clearly over the fence, but DeShields hauled it in. Jurado finished the night with six shut out innings on two hits to earn the win. He’s 7-10.
Rafael Montero and Jose Leclerc finished off the eighth and ninth innings to complete the shutout. Leclerc was credited with his ninth save.
Angels’ starter Patrick Sandoval was almost as good as Jurado. The Angels’ starting pitcher blanked the Rangers over the first five innings on one hit. Tuesday’s winning pitcher Del Pozo took the mound to start the sixth and retired just one of the three batters he faced. A walk and a single put runners at first and second base and ended Del Pozo’s night. Keynan Middleton relieved and gave up a single to Nick Solak that scored Elvis Andrus running from second base. That tagged Del Pozo with the loss to make his record 1-1.
The Rangers added two more runs in the eighth inning. Solak and Logan Forsythe singled and Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled them home to conclude the scoring on the night to make the final score 3-0.
The Rangers come home for the weekend – a four game series with Seattle. Lance Lynn (14-9) is Thursday’s starting pitcher. It will be an interesting traffic night at the ballpark. Game time is 7:05 PM and literally paces away from Globe Life Field, the Dallas Cowboys host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at ATT Stadium with a 7:00 PM kickoff.
Friday night’s Ranger starting pitcher is Kolby Allard (2-0) and Saturday night’s starting pitcher is TBD. Brock Burke (0-1) is likely to pitch Saturday, but the Rangers may use an opener in the first inning.
Saturday’s game will also present traffic problems as Auburn plays Oregon at ATT Stadium with a 6:30 PM start time. Prior to Saturday’s game, the Rangers will honor Michael Young by retiring his uniform number 10.
Sunday’s starting pitcher is also listed as TBD. This game will be the first after the rosters expand and is likely to be a bullpen day to give the starting rotation an extra day of rest. Game times (all Central) are 7:05 PM for Friday and Saturday’s games. Sunday’s start time is 2:05 PM.
* Mike Trout homered Tuesday night, his 43rd this season and his 11th against the Rangers this year. The 11 home runs against one team in a season is an Angel record as well as a Ranger record for opponent home runs given up to one player.
* Rougned Odor went 0-4 in the series to drop his batting average to .193. He has no hits in his last 26 at bats.
* Tuesday’s loss dropped the Rangers five games under .500, tying the season high set in May.
* Retired Texas Ranger Adrian Beltre attended Tuesday’s game.