Kevin Brown. Len Barker. Scott Chiamparino. Alex Gonzalez.
By pitching a shutout last night, Gonzalez put his name in the Rangers record book alongside some other well known, and not so well remembered, names.
Kevin Brown was the last Ranger to throw a complete game in his second start. He did that in 1988.
Len Barker was the last Ranger to throw a shutout in his second start. He did that in 1976.
Scott Chiamparino was the last Ranger to begin his major league career with twelve scoreless innings.
Gonzalez is now at 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings. And counting. This wasn’t against the lowly Red Sox. This was against the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals, one of the best teams in the league.
This was legit domination.
You can call him Alex. You can call him Chi Chi. And now you can call him the most successful rookie to begin a career in Rangers history.
Rangers rookies are sure making a name for themselves in the American League.
This one is named Alex. They call him Chi Chi. If this 23-year-old right-hander continues pitching like he did last night, they will call him a lot of other names in the future. Like Rookie of the Year, All-Star or even Cy Young.