Robbie Ross got his first career start and only lasted 5 innings resulting in a no decision. He pitched well striking out 7 while allowing 7 hits and 2 earned runs. He fell behind to hitters often but was able to battle back and get outs. Kyle Kendrick pitched a very good game for the Phillies lasting 7 innings and allowing only 1 earned run on 5 hits. The Rangers had several early scoring opportunities but were not able to score until the 7th inning.
Mitch Moreland came up in the 7th with 1 out. He smoked a line drive to deep right-center that flew over Ben Revere’s head for a triple. Moreland then scored on a Leonys Martin single past 2nd base into right field. Michael Choice came up next, pinch hitting for Josh Wilson, and flew out to right to end the inning.
Seth Rosin, a Rule 5 draft pick, came in and pitched the 8th and 9th inning. Rosin was able to shut down Philadelphia allowing only 1 hit and getting 1 strikeout, giving Rosin his first career win. When the Rangers came to bat in the bottom of the 9th they were down 3-1 with one of the most reliale closers in baseball, Jonathan Papelbon, on the mound. Beltre lead off the inning by hitting a chin level fastball into left field for a lead-off single.
Alex Rios came up next and struck out swinging. Mitch Moreland then doubled on a line drive to right putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Jim Adduci then replaced J.P. Arencibia and singled in Beltre. The Phillies played their infield in on the grass trying to prevent Moreland from tying the game. Leonys Martin singled up the middle past second baseman Chase Utley scoring Mitch Moreland and advancing Jim Adduci to 3rd.
Donnie Murphy, who came in as a defensive substitute when Michael Choice pinch-hit for Josh Wilson, was able to draw a walk which loaded the bases for Shin-Soo Choo. Shin-Soo started the at-bat by swinging at a breaking ball in the dirt. Choo is known for his patience at the plate and was able to run the count full before walking in the winning run. The last 2 games are proof that this lineup is never out of the game and shows they can score runs in a variety of ways. As the leadoff hitter and so called catalyst of the lineup, it’s good to see Choo in the middle of both walk-offs.
With their second walk-off in as many nights for the Rangers are now 2-1 as they head to Tampa Bay for a 3 game series starting Friday night. Joe Saunders will take the mound against Jake Odorizzi with a game time of 6:10cts. Nick Martinez is slated to make his MLB debut on Saturday while Yu Darvish will make his season debut Sunday. After their series with Tampa the Rangers head to Boston for another 3 game series starting Monday April 7th.