The Rangers’ consistent pitching staff is a weird concept for anyone following the team in recent history.
However, in 2024, they have been just that.

Five Rangers pitchers combined to throw the team 8th shutout of the season in Texas’ 3-0 win over the Rays at Globe Life Field on Friday Night.

Michael Lorenzen got the start for the Rangers and maneuvered his way through five scoreless innings.

Lorenzen walked five batters, including three in the 5th inning, but got a huge bases-loaded strikeout of Brandon Lowe to wiggle out and cap off his strong night.

“He was real good,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said after the game.

“Just a little concern after the fifth, he threw 27/28 pitches and was approaching 90, so the bullpen was fresh, so just wanted to take care of him.”

Jose Leclerc and Jacob Latz combined to allow four base runners in their 1.2 innings of work but left untouched, bridging the gap between David Robertson and Kirby Yates.

Once the game got to the Rangers veteran tandem, it was a wrap, as it has been for much of the season.

Robertson struck out Isaac Paredes with two outs and two on in the 7th before throwing a clean 8th to hold the Rangers lead.

Kirby Yates came on in the 9th and was once again dominant, earning his 12th save of the season in as many chances.

“He [Yates] has had a tremendous half,” Bochy said.

“If you look at the numbers, sometimes that’s just opportunity in the early part of the season, and he wasn’t closing for us, but he’s been nails since he’s taken over the role.”

With two outs in the third, the Rangers used four straight two-out hits to score their only three runs of the night.

Corey Seager ripped a double into left field to bring home two runs, followed by an RBI single from Nathaniel Lowe.


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