Rangers take a pounding against Twins

The Texas Rangers opened a four game home stand against the Minnesota Twins last night and the Twins got off to a fast start putting up four runs in the first two innings against Chi Chi Gonzalez who went 4 2/3rds innings tossing out 124 pitches in the process.

“I’ve been in this situation before,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Stomping my foot, screaming and yelling, is not going to work. There are a number of messages that need to be sent, but the bottom line is we’ve got to be better. We have to be better. It all starts with starting pitching. If you work behind and give up runs, it makes it challenging.”

From the time Gonzalez left the mound, there were three other pitchers used, Cesar Ramos, Shawn Tolleson and outfielder Jared Hoying pitched the ninth inning.

“This is the first time in this stretch we’re in that we weren’t able to score any runs,” Banister said.

The Rangers had eight batters reach base in the first four innings but could not manage to score.Rangers 2

The Rangers continue the series with game two scheduled for tonight, game three for Saturday and game four on Sunday.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Texas Rangers!!

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Rangers knock off Astros

The Texas showdown series between the Houston Astros (29-33 3rd AL West) and the Texas Rangers (37-23 1st AL West)  came to a close last night with the Rangers taking the series three games to one and nine of their last 10 meetings.

SS Carlos Correa left the game in the fifth inning with a sprained ankle but is not expected to be put on the DL.

“Luckily, so far, the evaluation’s been as positive as we could expect,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “At this point we’re optimistic.”

Martin Perez (5-4, .322 ERA) took the mound for the Rangers and pitched six solid innings giving up two runs in the third.  LHP Jake Diekman closed the game and picked up his first career save of the season.

The Rangers hit the road for a series’ against the Mariners, Athletics and the Cardinals before returning home on the 20th for a makeup game with the Orioles followed by a 4 game series against the Boston Red Sox.  Plenty of great seats are still available so secure yours today!

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