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Three Rangers stars from the opening of Globe Life Field with a 1-0 win over the Rockies

Three Rangers stars from the opening of Globe Life Field with a 1-0 win over the Rockies

The Rangers’ home opener and inaugural game at Globe Life Field was a nail-biter from start to finish. Texas took the first game of the three-game series against Colorado and started the new season on a high note. It became highly stressful as Texas didn’t mark the hit column against Rockies starter, German Marquez, until Danny Santana’s double in the sixth inning. Following the double, Rougned Odor delivered the only tally of the night with a base hit.

Lance Lynn continues to be a gamer.

There’s no question that Lance is a workhorse, and it’s a common opinion among club personnel. Tonight, Lance overcame an iffy start from a command perspective. In the first few innings, Lynn was missing high in the zone and would eventually walk four on the night. Lynn admitted after the game he was mad that the bullpen started going into action and ended up finishing six shutout innings. “The first three innings of the game was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever felt on the mound,” Lance said after the game, “As I got going, I felt better, [including] footing, [etc.].” “One thing about [Lance], he’s not going to quit. He’s not going to give in. He had no business going six innings, but he ended up doing that,” Woody told me after the game.

Rougned Odor looks better.

Odor drove in the game-winning double in the sixth inning and also drew a walk on Friday night. For the three at-bats Friday, Odor looked a lot more patient in the box. One of Rougned’s downsides is how aggressive he is and ends up chasing fastballs out of the zone. Multiple times throughout the night, Marquez tried to get Rougie to chase out of the zone. He ended up walking in the fourth inning, setting up a golden opportunity (despite not scoring).

Jose Leclerc makes a comeback to knock down the win.

Leclerc began his first 2020 outing with six consecutive balls. The turnaround in the inning was the 2-0 strike call at the top of the zone against Raimel Tapia. The pitch looked high, but home plate umpire Jim Reynolds called that pitch in a Gallo at-bat earlier, much to Joey’s dismay. “[Jose] got through it, though. That’s the biggest thing moving forward,” Woody said after the game.

Crazy stat: The Rockies had three hits all game, and all three hits came from their leadoff man, David Dahl. Dahl finished the night 3 for 4 on the night while the rest of the Rockies went 0 for 26. However, the rest of the Colorado lineup drew six walks.

The Rangers and Rockies meet up again on Saturday at 3 PM. The Rangers send Mike Minor to the mound while Colorado counters with Jon Gray. A 3 PM game in Arlington sounds dismal, but it’ll feel like a smooth, comfortable afternoon at Globe Life Field with the air conditioning. After the game, Woody answered how it felt to be 1-0, his answer, “I’ll let you know tomorrow, I’ve never been 1-0.”

Credentialed Media Staff Writer covering the Texas Rangers for Dallas Sports Fanatic | 2014 University of North Texas graduate with a Bachelor's in Radio, Television, and Film. I talk about things. Find me on the tweeter @aplinckTX

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