The longest road trip of the season for the Texas Rangers started out with the bats on fire. Had it not been for 2 caught stealings in the 1st inning it could have been worse for the Tigers but after the 5th inning the Rangers were only up 9-0. Yu Darvish‘s 1st inning wasn’t as hot as it took him 24 pitches to get 3 out’s. However, he didn’t allow any runs and was able to get around a long at-bat against Victor Martinez that ended in a strikeout swinging.
It’s been almost laughable to look at the run support that Darvish has received this season but Texas’ bats changed that narrative Thursday against Detroit. Darvish was on point most of the game except for his breaking balls. It seemed like they didn’t have enough break and wound up in the middle of the zone. He was still able to efficiently get outs and keep the Tigers bat’s from getting any confidence. Besides the 1st and 6th innings there was really no real threat from Detroit.
Adrian Beltre, who went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, and Alex Rios had back-to-back hits to start the 2nd inning and give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Rangers sent 7 batters to the plate but only put 2 runs on the board. Chris Gimenez, who was just called up from AAA for J.P. Arencibia, went 4-5 with an RBI. Gimenez did a great job of catching Yu Darvish and giving the Rangers some offensive production at the plate from the catcher’s position. Shin-Soo Choo added his team leading 6th home run and helped the Rangers put this game out of reach.
This was a great start to an 11 game road trip that also includes stops in Minnesota and Washington. The Rangers got help from the Tigers defense which had 2 costly errors. With some sources saying that Prince Fielder, who didn’t make the trip to Detroit, is considering season-ending surgery it’s good to see the Rangers come out and put a complete game together. It’s still early in the season but with Oakland playing like they are the Rangers need to collect some wins and do it now. Yu Darvish moves to 4-2 on the young season and helped Texas get back-to-back wins for the first time since the first week of May.
NOTE: Dan Robertson got the start in CF but was taking out of the game when he and Rios collided with Rios’ knee hitting Robertson in the face. Everything looks good with Robertson going forward.