Rangers Stay Unbeaten(and Untied)
Written by: Randy Ranger
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The young Rangers extended their season-opening winning streak to three games with a hard-fought 2-1 win against a talented Phillies squad. Rookie Daniel got the start and pitched scoreless baseball including three strikeouts over two innings, looking like a league veteran. He was assisted by a nifty inning-ending 4-3-2 play to nab a Phillies runner at the plate after an infield hit on a nice play started by Cooper at second base and ended by Matt at the plate with a perfect catch and tag on a relay from Nate at first. Matt ended the second inning as well, picking off a Phillies baserunner who had wandered too far off first base and helping his young pitcher keep his ERA at 0.00. Nate eventually entered the contest and had five strikeouts in 2 and 2/3 innings, helped out by Brett at second base with two terrific plays including the perfect fielding of a smoking grounder to get the second out of the last inning.
The offense was sparse, but timely, with Matt scoring both Rangers' runs, the game-winner on an infield single by the clutch Jack after Matt had walked to start the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Matt also singled earlier in the game. Nate had a single as well and Cooper had a great at bat before being retired on a good defensive play by the Phillies.
The Rangers face off against the Cubs on Monday this week to start a three games in five day stint that is sure to challenge the coaches' pitching planning skills.