Great pitching. Balanced offense. Power. Speed.
The Rangers stretched their winning streak to six games with one of their better games of the season.
It starts with pitching, as most success stories do. Mike Minor was awesome last night against the Minnesota Twins, a team that was supposed to compete for a division crown but cannot seem to find first gear.
What they found last night was a very good Mike Minor.
He went six innings, giving up only three hits, allowing only one run. He was never in any kind of jeopardy. In fact, through the first five innings, he faced the minimum three batters per inning. The only hit came in the first when Brian Dozier forgot to read the scouting report on Joey Gallo and figured he could stretch a routine single into a double.
He figured wrong.
Minor didn’t allow anyone else on until the sixth. Some more bad Twins base running took Minnesota out of a potential game-tying inning, and Minor got out of a second-and-third-with-one-out situation to keep the game at 4-1.
For good measure the Rangers piled on four more runs in the top of the ninth and walked away with an 8-1 victory.
Just eleven more of these and the Rangers are back to .500. It’s like Christmas in July. In June.
Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 15.95) vs. Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 4.38)
Game time: 1:10