It’s a sight for sore eyes to see the Rangers hitting well again after back-to-back shutouts.
The Rangers showed the life and fought that at the plate that they have been lacking over the past week or so.
In a thrilling win over the Astros in the series opener, the Rangers saw hitters making more contact, getting on base, and capitalizing with runners in scoring position.
4 players had a multi-hit game, while Adolis Garcia lit up the stat box with ANOTHER 5 RBI-game.
That is his second game with as many RBI within the month, raising his total to 35 on the season.
“Just to see this guy now sink into the ground, and he takes a pitch in the 9th inning, in the 10th inning, whatever. He doesn’t get phased by it,” manager Chris Woodward said after the game. “There’s a reason why he’s having success, obviously. From a swing standpoint, from a talent standpoint, but I think from a mental standpoint, this guy… it’s really impressive what he’s doing right now.”
It was Garcia’s 12th home run on the season as he continues to lead the Rangers in all major categories so far. He’s definitely making his case for AL rookie of the year right now, and it seems like he’s riding the momentum as long as he can.
Kyle Gibson was the Ranger player of the game after another gem on the mound, pitching 6 innings and allowing just 1 earned run in the 2nd inning. The bullpen held their own but let the Astros come back from a 4-1 lead in the 8th inning to tie it, then take a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th inning before Garcia showed up to finish it off.
This series started on a good note, no matter how close the game was. Having Gibson go 6 solid innings and Garcia walk it off in the 10th inning is enough excitement for anyone.
The Rangers face McCullers and Cristian Javier in the next two games in the series.
Hopefully, they can continue to ride this wave of excitement for the near future.
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