The bats of Josh Hamilton came to life Sunday evening complimenting a most dominant performance from Martin Perez. Perez limited an explosive Giants team to just one hit in eight innings. In the sixth, Hamilton blasted a homer to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead and the game.
“That was fun to do today,” Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez said. “It made my life easy. Every time I called a pitch, it was just right there.”
The Rangers have little time to celebrate as they meet the Astros tonight for the first of a three game stand. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available, so be sure to get yours today!
The Texas Rangers have been trying to find their game these last few weeks. After losing back to back series’ against the Angels and Diamondbacks, the Rangers bounced back on Friday with a 3-4 win in San Diego. The Padres responded with back to back victories on Saturday and Sunday. The loss sinks them to third place in the AL West.
“I know everybody is a little bit disappointed,” SP Yovani Gallardo said. “You want to be in first place, that’s the attitude in Spring Training. The first half is over. We’ll take the next few days off and be ready to go Friday.”
The Rangers will face off against their in-state rival Houston Astros for a three game stand beginning Friday in Houston. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!
The way things currently stand with the Texas Rangers of the American League West, Manager Ron Washington does not have a contract extending past 2014 and, Washington does not seem to be bothered by that fact.
“I’m not worried about that,” Washington said after working at a week-long winter camp at Rangers Ballpark. “That will take care of itself.”
In other Rangers news, the franchise came to terms with LHP Rafael Perez on a minor league contract with a spot at Spring Training. Perez underwent shoulder surgery in 2012 and has not played in the majors since.
The Rangers open the season against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31st and Spring Training kicks off February 27th. Great tickets and seats are still available for both.
The Texas Rangers, long the bridesmaid and never the bride. Come the 2009 season and the Rangers franchise is looking to change that in a big way. Nolan Ryan has imposed something that the team has lacked over the years of its existence; toughness. The Rangers are the only team in MLB that have not gone to the playoffs with just two division titles under their belts.
In his second year as team President, Ryan is just about everywhere you go at Arlington Stadium. When Ryan took over last season, he was more than a little miffed about the pitching situation on the team and in the majors in general. Ryan is so serious about the teams pitching that he held two mini camps this offseason, one in November and another in January. At the end of last year, Ryan hired pitching coach Mike Maddux (who had pitched for the Ryan owned Round Rock Express) away from the Milwaukee Brewers. With pitch counts holding most pitchers down, Ryan feels that today’s pitchers are being coddled because of the contracts that they demand but as far as Maddox and Ryan are concerned, “Guys that train for a mile ain’t running more than a mile,” Maddox said recently. Maddox, under Ryan’s authority, has skipped the pitch counts and will be working to extend the pitchers through the end stretch of the season in the Texas Summer heart.
Look for the Rangers, who are now just 3 games out of first place in the AL West behind the LA Dodgers and have solid pitching from the entire staff to include Rookie Derek Holland who recently allowed just two hits and a walk over 8 ½ innings.