Rangers 4, Astros 0
- Well, my friends, it was a white game against the Houston Astros, the favorite American West, and Gerrit Cole on the mound. Texas takes the Astros series and not only hurt Cole but also Justin Verlander in the series, while he was stopped by Brad Peacock.
Mike Minor had what was undoubtedly the best start for a Ranger thrower so far this season, achieving seven shutouts with a score of 7K, a 2-step run and allowing only 5 shots safe. The Astros never had a runner on third base, and Minor's closest problem was to allow Carlos Correa to double a double in the fourth quarter and then coach Yuli Gurriel. Tyler White, however, took part in a double game ending the round, and that was all. It was a clear and effective output of Minor, and encouraging to see after his difficult start.
Shawn Kelley had an eighth scoreless goal, and Jose Leclerc needed only nine shots to finish the ninth, recording two outings and a setback. It was after needing six fields to withdraw the team yesterday. This seemed very routine and, although the Rangers ended their series without error by making two mistakes behind Minor in the fifth, race prevention was simplified.
- The Rangers scored a goal early in the game, after Shin-Soo Choo and Rougned Odour clashed to start the game, Elvis Andrus broke free, took second and scored when Nomar Mazara defeated an inner field. struck that he tweaked his quad running. It was in the shadow of the good old days, when Elvis was young and fast and a terror on the basic trails …
- Two other points were scored in the fourth goal, thanks to a walk from Joey Gallo, a lead-up pitch, a Hunter Pence RBI single and a double from Ronald Guzman's opposite pitch. Pence started in the left field, with Delino DeShields on leave and continued to show signs of life.
Mazara gave Texas an insurance race in 8th place with a 431 home draw. He came out of the game on top of the ninth because of his painful quad, but it seemed like he was going when he crashed a Josh James slider. Mazara is showing signs of improving his approach so far, and if he continues to hit the ball very hard and in the air, he could have a big year.
- Speaking of an improved approach, Joey Gallo walked three times today and fell to the ground once. Houston had the upper hand on him, which was his weakness in the past, but Chris Woodward spoke of Gallo's work on laying off these fields, and that has paid off today. Gallo now has more marches than catch retreats so far this season.
- Tonight, we saw the Astros prepare the marble referee, Ron Kulpa. Manager AJ Hinch and coach-striker Alex Cintron were both ejected in the second inning for barking about bullets and strikes, as several Astros strikers complained of the strike zone and Gerrit Cole is engaged in the fight with Kulpa when leaving the match. I suppose that a slow start and fights against the so-called worst team in the division make a team salty.