If you want to talk about an MLB team playing 50-50 baseball over the past week, then the Texas Rangers should definitely be a part of that conversation.
Dating back to last Tuesday, June 12, the Rangers have statistically played right at the .500 mark with a 3-3 record during this span which brought the team’s record to 30-44. Despite still sitting dead last in the AL West standings and seven games back of the fourth-place division rival Oakland Athletics, the Rangers showed some poise on the field toward the end of their weekly stretch with three consecutive wins.
However, the last three wins came after three consecutive tough losses. The Rangers began their stretch in Los Angeles to take on the defending National League Champions in the Dodgers for a brief two-game series. Opening night proved to be brutal, as the Rangers crumbled in a 12-5 loss. 45-year-old starting pitcher Bartolo Colón, also nicknamed “Big Sexy,” wasn’t so sexy on Tuesday and allowed 8 earned runs while lasting just three-and-a-third innings.
Once Wednesday night rolled around, a 3-2 loss, things got chippy between Rangers’ catcher Robinson Chirinos and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp when the two players collided with each other home plate in the bottom-of-the-third inning. The collision led to a bench-clearing braw, and both Chirinos and Kemp eventually received one-game suspensions from the MLB.
After taking Thursday off from competition, the Ranger returned home to Globe Life Park in Arlington on Friday night to take the Colorado Rockies for a three-game series. Friday night, despite the Rangers losing 9-5, was initially eventful. The Rangers opened up with 5 runs in the bottom-of-first inning only for the Rockies to overcome that deficit in the following inning. From that point on, Rockies’ starting pitcher Chad Bettis totaled five-and-two-thirds innings pitched and held on to pick up the win.
At that point in the week, life for the Rangers wasn’t looking too optimistic. Fortunately, infielder Jose Trevino proved to be the team’s savior once Saturday and Sunday rolled around as the Rangers picked up wins in the last two games of the series. Trevino, a 25-year-old minor league prospect, was called up on Friday from the Double-A Frisco Roughriders and delivered big time over the weekend.
Trevino’s first MLB career hit came on Saturday in which he tied the game 2-2 with an RBI single. Not to mention, his weekend only got better on Sunday. On a sunny and hot Father’s Day afternoon with the bases loaded in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning and the Rangers trailing 12-11, Trevino hit a game-winning single good enough for both 2 RBIs and a 13-12 Rangers victory.
Following Trevino’s game-winner, he was filled with emotions for both his deceased father and the occasion of Sunday being his first Father’s Day as a father to his son. Trevino was sent back down to Double-A Frisco on June 18.
Last night, the Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals on the road 6-3 for their third consecutive win. The series continues through Wednesday before the Rangers travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins for a three-game series.
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