The high-octane Rangers race to sweep the Rockies
THE Texas Rangers will bid for their third sweep of the season when they face the Colorado Rockies in the finale of a three-game series Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas
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THE Rangers won convincingly in the first two games by a combined score of 18-7, including Saturday’s 11-5 rout. THE Rocky Mountain just 9-15 on the road this season
Texas will close out the series in style when they turn to veteran left-hander Andrew Heaney (2-3, 4.71 ERA).
Heaney took a no-decision in his start in Oakland last Sunday despite allowing four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in six innings.
He is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in five career appearances (four starts). Rocky Mountain
Offensively a Rangers have been impressive lately. On Saturday, they led MLB for the 11th time they scored 10 or more runs in a game. They have 284 runs, the second most in franchise history through the first 45 games
“It was fun watching these guys do something.” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “Someone all over the team is going to do something to help win a ballgame or get a big hit, score a run, whatever. It’s a deep lineup, and it’s contagious for these guys.
Rangers Shortstop Corey Seager made his first start since returning from the disabled list on Saturday
Marcus Semien, meanwhile, enters the series finale riding a 10-game hitting streak. Semien went 3-5 on Saturday and is hitting .347 in May.
Ezequiel Duran is also swinging the bat well, he hit his third home run in his last seven games on Saturday.
It slows down the RangersThe attack will fall against Colorado right-hander Connor Seabold (1-0, 5.14). He will make his 11th start of the season, including his fourth start
Seabold entered the Rocky Mountain‘ shoot earlier this month. He went 1-0 with a 5.02 ERA in his three starts. He has seven strikeouts to six walks in 14 1/3 innings
Seabold is taking a simple approach, as he said after earning his first career victory May 9 in Pittsburgh.
“I just go out there and try to get the team five or six innings at a time,” he said. “I got the run support today and I was able to get out of some hiccups. I walked away with the win.”
Seabold is playing against it for the first time Rangers. He has pitched better on the road (4.82 ERA) than at home (5.30) this season.
Offensively, Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon was a freshman, going 2-for-5 with a double on Saturday. His career double was 297, tied with Larry Walker for second most. Rocky Mountain history
Blackmon has reached base in 34 of 39 starts this season and has a hit in nine of his last 10 games.
Finally, on the managerial front, Sunday will be the 213th game between Colorado’s Bud Black and Bochy. His all-time record is 106-106.
— Field Level Media