The Texas Rangers faced off in game 3 of 4 against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday evening at Globe Life Field.
Dane Dunning took the hill for the Rangers against Detroit’s hurler Joey Wentz.
After a leadoff hit by Zach McKinstry, Dunning shut down the Tigers in the first frame. The Rangers’ offense got to work right away, scoring after 2 batters. Jung and Duran knocked in 2 more runs and Leody Taveras another as the Rangers quickly led 4-0 after 1 inning.
Josh Jung hit his 16th home run in the 3rd inning to put the Rangers up 5-0, and Duran’s homer quickly put the Rangers up 6-0. Dunning continued to get outs, and the offense continued to hit. The Rangers had 9 hits through 4 innings.
The Rangers put up 2 more in the sixth inning to take an 8-0 lead on Adolis Garcia’s 20th home run of the season.
In the seventh, Josh Smith replaced Corey Seager at shortstop and drove in Texas’ 9th run of the game.
Adolis Garcia drove in the 10th as the Rangers’ offense kept rolling.
“What a great job (Dunning Did),” Bochy said after the game. “He had a good 4 pitch mix going, (Dane) had command the whole way”.
“He’s had some really, really nice games. I can’t say enough about the kid.”
The media also had a chance to talk to Dane Dunning after the game.
“It was a really fun outing,” Dunning told us. “One mistake at the end; other than that, I’m extremely happy.”
He should be. Dunning pitched 8.2 innings and only gave up 2 runs on his last pitch of the night. It was the most commanding he has been, and that is saying something. That and the way the Rangers offense was working, and this was a fun game for Rangers fans to watch.
The Rangers were firing on all cylinders tonight. They looked locked in at the plate and on the mound.
Dane Dunning surrendered 4 hits and 2 runs through 8.2 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.69.
Tomorrow’s starter is yet to be named at the time of this article being posted, but my guess would be Cody Bradford. We shall see in the morning.
They face off against the Tigers and try to take the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 PM.