Last night’s game started an hour earlier to allow the Yankees extra time to get away. Jon Daniels should have called the airport and had their plan permanently grounded.
Keep the Yankees here. The Rangers desperately needed their pitching.
Remember those exciting World Series games last year where no lead was safe? The Rangers channeled that brand of baseball yesterday. And it was much more fun to watch than their typical brand of walk-up-to-the-plate-carrying-a-bat, swing-the-bat-three-times, walk-back-to-the-dugout-carrying-a-bat baseball.
The Rangers erased a four-run deficit.
Then the bullpen caved.
Then the Rangers erased a five-run deficit.
It was the most watchable game of the year. The anemic Rangers offense came alive. Five in the fourth. Two in the fifth. Four in the sixth. One in the eighth.
That was a balanced, relentless offense. That was so unexpected. That was so welcome.
Jurickson Profar’s base- loaded double in that four-run sixth was the back-breaker. After the game, Profar said, “We know we have a great team.”
He is a much better comedian than he is a hitter. But at least last night he came up huge at the plate.
All twelve runs came from four different Rangers. Kiner-Falefa, Mazara, Profar, and Guzman had three RBIs each.
The future of the Rangers had a great day. Let’s hope there are more of those in the very near future.
Danny Duffy (1-6, 6.88) vs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, -.–)
Game time: 7:05
How the Rangers hit against Duffy.