Every once in a while, hardly ever, really, this site gets accused of being negative or perhaps too harsh on the Rangers and their front office. All efforts are made to be positive when at all possible.
Many positive things happened in the Rangers game last night.
Rougned Odor worked a walk in the first, only his fifth walk of the year. He jauntily scampered to first base.
The Rangers struck out only thirteen times, which means on the other fourteen outs, they were able to make contact with the ball.
Nick Martinez was able to get up to two strikes on seven Astros hitters. Just one more strike on any of them and he’d have had a strike out!
Ryan Rua did a great job of playing the carom off the wall on Carlos Correa’s double in the third. He retrieved the ball quickly and hit the cutoff man in a timely manner.
While the throw to him was perfect, Rougned Odor came very close to getting his glove in the right place to catch a pickoff attempt in the bottom of the second.
Rougned Odor hit a double in the fourth and a single in the sixth, only the third time this season he’s had two hits in a game.
Elvis Andrus advanced a runner to third in the fourth inning with a ground ball to short. The Rangers ended up getting two runners to third with fewer than two outs. While they were unable to score, the runners enjoyed their time there and plan to return at some date in the future.
DeShields, Andrus, Nomar Mazara, Joey Gallo and Choo were able to get really good looks at strike threes.
Rua got a hit with a runner in scoring position, driving in the Rangers daily run.
Mike Napoli made a crisp, clean slide right into the Astros catcher’s glove for the second out of a double play. It was a perfectly executed slide, as he was able to keep most of his uniform clean.
Anthony Bass was able to go five whole pitches before allowing a run to score.
Shin-Soo Choo drew a two-out walk in the seventh, putting the tying run just six batters away.
Pete Kozma got his first Rangers at-bat. Desperately wanting to fit in with his new teammates, he graciously struck out.
While the Rangers lost 10-1, they have not been shut out in the entire month of May.