Maybe the Rangers should petition MLB to let them move to the National League. The Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins Thursday night in South Florida, pushing their win streak to five games. The aforementioned win streak began by winning the last two games in Milwaukee last weekend.
The sweep of the Marlins was pretty gutsy by the Rangers. It started off Tuesday night with a game-winning pinch-hit 2-RBI triple by Matt Treanor with two outs in the 9th as he came through to beat his former team in a 3-2 win. C.J. Wilson pitched around six walks to only allow two runs to give the Rangers a chance.
Game 2 on Wednesday night was slightly more relaxing as the Rangers led the whole way, helped in part by Julio Borbon’s first homer of the season. The bullpen did a great job in relief of an injured Tommy Hunter as four pitchers combined for 6.2 IP, allowing only two runs. Michael Young gave the Rangers some breathing room in the 8th with a 2-RBI single as he set the franchise record for most hits. The end result was a 6-3 victory.
The finale of the series saw the Rangers battle back from a 3-0 deficit for a 6-4 victory. Vladimir Guerrero had a mammoth home run to left to get the Rangers on the board and Ian Kinsler provided three RBIs to pace the offense. The bullpen was solid again, pitching six innings while allowing only one run.
Two of the unheralded stars of this series were Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando. I’m sure almost all of you have heard of Feliz but sometimes we take him for granted. He converted saves in each of the three games, giving him 18 in 20 chances on the year. Ogando is quite a story. It took him five years to get to the majors and then he picked up victories in each of his first two appearances (Tuesday and Thursday). Stay tuned for a feature article on Ogando coming soon.
The Rangers now charge into Houston as they will conclude their nine game NL road trip with three games at Minute Maid Park against the Astros beginning tonight. Scott Feldman (4-6, 5.28) will look to build off his solid performance last time out in Milwaukee as he opposes Wandy Rodriguez (3-9, 5.60). The teams will be playing for the Silver Boot for the 10th time, given to the winner each year in the Lone Star Series. The Rangers won the Boot last year, beating Houston five out of six times. You can catch game one of this series tonight at 7:05 p.m. on TXA-21 HD or by listening to 105.3 The Fan.