The Rangers’ Colby Lewis was perfect through his first 5 1/3 innings pitched and the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy was nearly as good, as he had allowed only one run—in the first inning—during his first 5 2/3.
For both Lewis and Kennedy, the sixth inning was critical.
With one out, Arizona’s second basemen, Aaron Hill, lined a single to left field to break up Lewis’ attempt at perfection. Lewis quickly induced a groundball double play to get out of the inning.
The sixth inning would be Kennedy’s last. With two outs, Kennedy surrendered five-straight hits and a one-run deficit became an insurmountable six-run disadvantage.
Well, as good ‘ole Ron Washington would say: “that’s the way baseball go”—and isn’t it wonderful when it “go” that way for the Texas Rangers?
Numbers of Note:
• Cumulative score in the Rangers’ last three wins.
• Number of hits the Rangers had last night. It’s the most knocks they’ve managed since putting up 14 in a 7-3 win over the Angels on June 3rd.
• Batting average with RISP last night.
• Number of errors by Texas—always a welcome sight.
• The most runs the Rangers have scored since they plated 8 against Seattle in that game we still don’t talk about… 21-8 loss…whatever, Holland was sick with a nasty virus or that s*** would’ve never happened.
• Number of two-out RBI by the Rangers. Craig Gentry, Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland each had 2.
• The Rangers are 10 games over .500 for the first time in 10 days.
And the most important number of all…:
• The Rangers’ lead in the AL West, thanks to the 9-1 win over the D-backs combined with the late game heroics by the Dodgers to beat the Angels, 5-2.
It’s game two of the best-of-three series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, as Rangers’ LHP Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.87 ERA) opposes fellow southpaw, Arizona’s LHP Wade Miley (7-2, 2.53 ERA).
Make sure to check back this afternoon for BaseballDo’s pregame preview.