The Rangers are honoring the final year of the Ballpark in the most appropriate way possible. They’re creating unforgettable moments almost on a nightly basis.They’re playing must-watch baseball. They’re playing well there.
From dramatic comebacks to steals of home to suicide squeezes to last night’s instant classic, Mike Minor’s complete game three-hit shutout.
There hasn’t been a complete game shutout pitched by a Ranger in the Ballpark since Colby Lewis tossed one September 11, 2015 against Oakland in a game that was perfect until one out in the eighth inning. He allowed two hits that day.
Yesterday, the lefty Minor was dominating as well, getting a first-pitch strike on nearly every batter, striking out seven and walking just two.
Not to take anything away from Minor’s performance, but the Angels lineup is weaker than Michelob Ultra. The bottom four in the order are batting .180, .091, .178, and .037. Contain Mike Trout and you beat the Angels.
On the offense side the Rangers, once again, got a balanced attack, with seven of the nine starters collecting a hit, and Joey Gallo continuing to add highlight reel moments.
But the night belonged to Mike Minor, who was often agitated last year by the way he was being babied and not allowed to stay in games.
Last night, Minor was efficient, he was dominating, he was nearly unhittable. He was good.
Mainly, he was left in to pitch.
Matt Harvey (0-1, 10.05) vs. Lance Lynn (1-1, 4.82)
Game time: 7:05