Thoughts on a 7-2 Rangers win
September 21, 2020 10:54AM CDT
- That was fun.
- How about that Kyle Cody? Manager Chris Woodward had said before today’s game that he wants hoping Cody, who was slowly increasing his pitch count after having worked out of the pen earlier in the year, would be able to give the Rangers five innings. Cody did go five, in an efficient 61 pitches, and after allowing a Mike Trout single in the first and then a Justin Upton one out double followed by a Taylor Ward RBI single, Cody retired the final 11 batters he faced.
- It was an impressive outing, featuring 5 Ks and 0 walks, and first pitch strikes to 16 of 18 batters he faced. Cody also generated 8 swinging strikes out of his 61 pitches. He now has a 1.53 ERA on the season. Cody hasn’t pitched as well as the ERA would indicate — I mean, it’s a 1.53 ERA — but he’s looked like a major leaguer this year, and the slider looks like a legitimate out pitch.
- John King once again came in behind Cody, though the lefty got into trouble right away. After an infield single and then a regular single to start the sixth, Cody got Trout to pop to center on a curveball down in the zone, but then walked Anthony Rendon to load the bases. With action up in the Rangers pen, King got Shohei Ohtani to ground out to first baseman Sherten Apostel — in the game for Ronald Guzman, who was lifted due to a tight hamstring — for a run scoring single before getting Justin Upton to fan to end the inning. King then put up a 1-2-3 7th before turning the game over to Taylor Hearn for the 8th.
- Hearn had a 1-2-3 eighth, including a K, and Kolby Allard pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game. That’s an impressive game the Rangers got from four very young pitchers today.
- Offensively, it was all about the home runs today. Joey Gallo had a two run shot in the first to put the Rangers on the board, and then Anderson Tejeda homered to lead off the second. Rougned Odor doubled home a pair in the third for the team’s only non-homer runs of the game, and also homered in the eighth inning, as did Derek Dietrich. Sam Huff, meanwhile, picked up his first major league home run in the fourth.