It took thirteen games, but the Rangers finally got a W from a starter.
Glenn Otto got his first career win last night over the Oakland Athletics, allowing just one run in five innings. He retired the first eleven Oakland hitters. The only two hits he allowed were on back-to-back-doubles in the fourth.
He was able to pitch deep into the game too. Well, deep for modern-day major league baseball, giving the Rangers a staggering five innings. (That’s in one game!)
Otto looked in control the whole night and never flinched. It was reminiscent of his first major league start last year when he came out and totally dominated the Astros, shutting them out through five innings, striking out seven and walking none, baffling them with his slider.
He left that game with a lead but the Rangers bullpen coughed up five runs and Texas lost the game, denying Otto of a W in his first major league start.
Last night, the bullpen held tight. The offense piled on five runs in the second, and the game was never in doubt.
Suddenly, the Rangers have won two in a row for the first time this year.
And Glenn Otto certainly earned another start.
For the first time, this season has something positive to offer.