The Rangers and Royals met for the second of three games Saturday afternoon in Arlington.
Jon Gray took the mound for Texas, looking to improve on his last outing.

The first 3.5 innings were quiet, and Josh Smith’s one-run shot to right field in the fourth scored the first run.

Jon Gray Shines

Jon Gray pitched 6 shut-out innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out three, making way for the bullpen to try and close the game out.

“Johnny [Jon Gray] was good, wasn’t he?” Bochy said after the game. “It’s the first time he’s gone six, but he did a terrific job. He has good stuff, fastball and slider, and a good command of it. It was good to see him back on track.”

Jon Gray also talked to the media after his start.

“I feel like things were a little more under control today,” Gray told us.

“We definitely sprayed some early on, kind of just wild pitches, but other than that, I thought we were under control. I thought we got better as the game went on.”

Jake Latz pitched a perfect 7th, and David Robertson came in for the 8th.

The Offense Comes Through With Bases Loaded Again

The Rangers began the 8th with hits from Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, and after a Josh Smith sacrifice to move the runners, Adolis drove in Semien for a 2-0 Ranger lead.

That 2-0 score did not last long; the Royals loaded the bases for Wyatt Langford, who unloaded them with his first career grand slam to give the Rangers a 6-0 lead.

This gave manager Bruce Bochy the opportunity to sit Kirby Yates and use Brock Burke in the 9th instead.

Bochy told us that Langford really broke the game open and helped his team with that hit.

“[Wyatt Langford grand slam was] huge, I mean tight ballgame at that point, it allowed us to sit Yates and give him a break,”  Bochy told us after the game.

“I said the home runs are going to come for him. I know it took a little while to get the first one. You know, when that happens, they start to come a little bit more often.”

“He’s been swinging well, and he’s been playing great baseball.”

The Rangers offense has now scored at least 3 runners with the bases loaded late in games in the past two games.

Something they were desperately missing as a team in 2024.

That Sweeping Feeling

The Rangers go for the sweep of the Royals tomorrow, with Max Scherzer making his first start of 2024.

If he can be Max Scherzer, the Rangers have a great chance of completing the sweep. Especially if the bats continue to actually do some damage.


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