The Rangers played some day baseball against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Dane Dunning took the ball, and Marcus Semien got his first day off since May 12, 2022.

Rumor has it that he was sore from his collision with Adolis Garcia a few weeks ago. Who wouldn’t be?

Travis Jankowski took on the leadoff spot as the Rangers got to work against the Diamondbacks. The game began as a pitching duel before Wyatt Langford hit a single, and Jonah Heim drove him in with a double in the 3rd inning.

The Rangers drove in another run in the 4th inning on a ground ball double play off the bat of Nathaniel Lowe. The Rangers lead 2-0.

Dane Dunning gave the Rangers 5 innings even though he was feeling rough by the 5th inning, recovering from his sinus infection.

“I definitely got a little fatigued, a little tired,” Dunning told the media.

“When I came out of the game, I felt like I had run a half marathon. I think it affected it a little more than I thought it would.”

Seager Keeps Hitting Bombs

Corey Seager joins Joey Gallo, Josh Hamilton, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jose Canseco as the only Rangers to have 8 or more home runs in an 8-game span.

Seager continued his tear with a 5th inning 2-run-homerun to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead.

“I don’t know what else to say about [Corey]. I mean, he’s carried us,” Bochy told the media after the game.

“Another big day for him. It’s good to see the contribution from the back end of the order… 5 hits from Langford, Jonah, and Duran…”

Seager is also one of only 5 people in Major League history to accomplish that feat while playing shortstop.

This is also the second straight game that Corey intentionally walked the at-bat before his homerun. He seems to be coming around nicely offensively.

The Bullpen Doing its Job

Jose LeClerc pitched a scoreless frame, and Jesus Tinoco got 5 outs in the 7th and 8th innings but allowed a hit with 2 outs and was replaced by David Robertson.

Robertson came in and allowed a single but struck out pinch hitter Pavin Smith to end the threat. Jacob Latz came in to finish the game off after the Rangers took a 6-0 lead into the 9th.

Latz allowed three straight hits, and the Rangers’ shutout was over, but he induced a double play to get the first two outs of the 9th. But that was it, as after a walk, Latz was lifted for closer Kirby Yates.

One batter later, Yates ended the game. The Rangers won 6-1.

The bullpen has been a strength again, as the Rangers are back to having a winning streak. Names like Jose Tinoco, Jose LeClerc, and, of course, David Robertson and Kirby Yates are getting the job done.

If the Rangers get back on track, they will need names like Jonathan Hernandez, Jake Latz, and Cole Winn to be successful as well.

The Offense

The Rangers have now homered in a season-high 12 consecutive games, marking the club’s longest home-run streak since 2019. Josh Smith continues to be hot at the plate; he came into today’s game with a .379 OBP. He has also been hit by 9 pitches.

While not perfect, the offense is better, and Josh Jung may return sooner than anticipated. How much sooner remains to be seen, but he will bring a spark to this offense.

The Rangers head to Miami next to face the Marlins.


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