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Series with Mariners kicks off tonight
The Cleveland Indians (73-56, 1st AL Central) managed to take game two of their four game stand against the Texas Rangers (77-54, 1st AL West) with an explosive 12-1 victory. They could manage only one score in the following two games. In last night’s 2-1 loss, the Tribe’s Danny Salazar gave up two runs and struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings.
While the Indians go back home to face the Minnesota Twins, the Rangers will host the Seattle Mariners (68-62,tied 2nd AL West) tonight, the beginning of a three game home stand followed by a three game stand against the Houston Astros (68-62, tied 2nd AL West)
Taking the mound for Texas will be Yu Darvish (4-3, 2.91 ERA) while the Mariners will send out Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9, 3.81 ERA) against the Rangers. Tickets for tonight’s game and all games are still available so be sure to grabs yours today and be a part of Texas Rangers History!
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.
After the Boston Red Sox (45-38 AL East) pummeled the Texas Rangers (53-32, 1st AL West) 12-5 on the 4th of July, the Rangers bounced back last night for a 7-2 win after an explosive ninth inning and look to take the series tonight before heading back home for a rematch against the Minnesota Twins. The Rangers snapped a three game losing streak.
“It was good to have a win tonight,” Robinson Chirinos said. “We haven’t played well the past few days, but we did tonight. We pitched good and hit. A team win … everybody pulled a little bit to win the game.”
In the rubber match, the Rangers will send out SP Martin Perez (7-4, 3.39 ERA) who will go up against Steven Wright (9-5, 2.42 ERA). Perez last played against the Twins on Wednesday, giving up two runs over seven innings and is 6-0 in his last eight starts.