The Rangers finished the week at 4-3, on a seven-game road trip that featured some really nice recoveries.
A sweep of the Detroit Tigers on the heels of three frustrating losses in a row to Toronto was a welcome sign.
Even more welcome was how the Rangers did it.
Not just by Bobby Wilson hitting a grand slam, which the Rangers hadn’t done since Rougned Odor hit one August 27, 2014, some 223 games ago.
What was welcome was they won two of the games in come-from-behind fashion. Which, surprisingly, is not a frequent thing for a team that prides itself on Never Ever Quitting. They are so proud of that, in fact, they gave it a hash tag.
But hash tags and reality are two different things.
Coming into this week, the Rangers had come from behind in the seventh inning or later to win a game only one time this year, in a game against Baltimore, when they scored sixth in the seventh inning to win 8-4.
Yesterday’s seven-run outburst in the eighth inning was a rarity indeed. Just the second time in 2016 the Rangers have come from behind in the last three innings of a game to win it.
Earlier in the week, though, they did score a run in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie and held on to win 2-1, their only win against Toronto.
And the game on Saturday against Detroit was encouraging as well. While they didn’t turn the game around in the seventh inning or later, they did orchestrate a come-from-behind win in the sixth inning. That counts just as much.
The ability to come from behind, while rare for the Rangers in the last few years, is a welcome signs indeed.
RANGERS’ LEADERS AFTER FIVE WEEKS.
Runs Scored: Ian Desmond, 23
Hits: Rougned Odor, 37
Doubles: Rougned Odor, 9
Triples: Elvis Andrus, 3
Home Runs, Rougned Odor, 6
RBIs: Adrian Beltre, 21
Walks: Delino DeShields, Ian Desmond, 11
Strikeouts: Mitch Moreland, 32
Stolen Bases: Ian Desmond, 5
Caught Stealing: Elvis Andrus, Delino DeShields, 3
Batting Average: Nomar Mazara, .320
On-Base Percentage: Nomar Mazara, .373
Slugging Percentage: Rougned Odor, .512
OPS: Nomar Mazara, .847
Wins: Cole Hamels, 4
Losses: Barnette, Holland, Perez, Wilhelsmen, 2
Starter ERA: Cole Hamels, 2.68
Reliever ERA: Jake Diekman, 2.31
Saves: Shawn Tolleson, 10
Innings Pitched: Martin Perez, 41
Hits Allowed: Colby Lewis, 40
Earned Runs Allowed: Derek Holland, 19
Home Runs Allowed: Colby Lewis, 8
Walks: Martin Perez, 23
Strikeouts: Cole Hamels, 36
Opponent Batting Average: Jake Diekman, .146
Starter WHIP: A. J. Griffin, 1.13
Reliever WHIP: Jake Diekman, 0.77
Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44) vs. Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32)
Game time: 7:05 pm.
How the White Sox hit against Lewis.
How the Rangers hit against Gonzalez.