On this date last year, the Rangers bullpen had just finished blowing three leads in a sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds. 
Tonight, the same Rangers bullpen threw three perfect innings to help Texas earn its fourth one-run win of the season.

Before the game, Rangers manager Bruce Bochy discussed how the Reds’ speed and willingness to steal would pose a unique challenge to the Rangers. 

It didn’t take the Reds long to get to that style of game as in the first inning, with runners on the corners, Spencer Steer took off from first, forcing a throwing error by Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, which allowed Elly De La Cruz to score easily from third and give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.

The Rangers didn’t have to work nearly as hard to get that run back, as Evan Carter blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the second to tie the game at one apiece. 

Nathan Eovaldi got the start for the Rangers and saw a lot of traffic on the base paths, which allowed five walks and three hits. However, Eovaldi was still able to work through six innings, which allowed just one run. 

After the game, Eovaldi said:

“I got off to a rough start with all the walks I had in the first inning. I felt like I was able to settle in after that, and just towards the end of the outing as well, I gave up a few singles but just the walks that were really frustrating to me, but ultimately, I was able to keep them there at just one run, and it was enough for us to be able to win the game today.”

In the bottom of the eighth, Marcus Semien would come up huge with a solo home run to get the Rangers a 2-1 lead. 

Once again, the Rangers bullpen was the story in this one. Jose Leclerc, Jacob Latz, and Kirby Yates combined to throw three perfect innings to seal this one and give the Rangers a 2-1 win to open the series against the Reds. 

“It’s good to get a win like this,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

“You lose a one run game yesterday and to come back and win one today, they played well, when you’re not quite clicking offensively, you need the pitching and we got that tonight”. 


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