Win 2. 40 comments

The Rangers won 95 games this season. So, this off-season, on days where nothing is happening, which is most of them, I will repost the RR3 article that ran after each win. Monday I posted the article from the opening day win.

After that game, Texas lost the next three in a row, each game the bullpen imploded. They went into the fifth game of the season 1-3.

Then this, a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Anaheims.


Originally posted April 9, 2016

It would appear the Rangers extended spring training is over.

The offense finally showed up. And the relievers didn’t make you feel as if you just turned your daughter over to Bill Cosby.

Needing a win after three crushing losses in a row, the Rangers got going from the get go with the first five batter reaching, scoring three runs and giving A. J. Griffin some badly needed breathing room for his first major league start in more than two years.

Pitching on 938 days’ rest, Griffin allowed three runs over six innings and kept the Angels off balance just enough to earn his first win as a Ranger.

Of course, the Rangers bullpen supplied its nightly heart attack moments, this one courtesy of Tanner Scheppers University graduate Tom Wilhemsen, who walked the first batter he faced in the seventh before his defense bailed him out, then, with two outs in the eighth, loaded the bases with a walk, a single and a walk before Tony Barnette got him out of the eighth (not before talking the count full, of course, why make it easy?).

When hearts stopped pounding and curse words had dissipated into the night air, the Rangers racked up a season-high seven runs and ten hits.

Offense, defense, starting pitching and a failsafe bullpen.

Let’s see them do it again.