First they finally got a hit. That came in the fourth. Then, it was time for them to maybe try to string together what’s called a big inning.
That happened. Finally. And just when it was needed most. After Rangers manager Chris Woodward committed the cardinal sin of removing a dominating starter to give the opponent a chance to win. (What are they saving Lynn’s arm for? He has only a dozen starts this year, so he certainly isn’t going to be taxed.)
Suddenly, the 2-0 lead vanished. Then, just as suddenly, the Rangers were down 4-2. It looked bleak.
But as long as the Rangers have Joey Gallo, they have hope.
With the offense struggling, Woodward decided to bat Odor in front of Gallo. Maybe that would help Odor get a few more pitches to hit. Odor, instead, drew a walk. Which was something he hadn’t done much of in the past, showing plate discipline. It was huge.
Because, then, the floodgates opened. And, finally, the Rangers discovered they can hit in The Shed. It’s not a dead zone after all.
Odor walked. Gallo homered. Frazier doubled (his third hit of the game). Choo pinch hit and was intentionally walked. After a force out and a strikeout, Trevino walked to load the bases. Andrus singled in two. And Solak singled in the final run.
Five runs. In one inning. It nearly matched their entire offensive output entering the game. They came into the game having scored a total of only six runs.
They hit the road with a win. But, bigger than that and anything else, with the confidence that they can hit in The Shed. It’s just a graveyard for offense when the offense is dead.
NO GAME TODAY