By: Richard W. Humphrey
Courtesy of Sixthgearautosales.com
Texas lost game one, but came back to win the final two to win their first series out of the last five, two games to one. The Rangers got quality starts out of recently activated pitchers Matt Harrison and Martin Perez in the final two games to give the team a chance to win. Both pitchers were making their second appearances since being activated from the 60-day disabled list after significant surgeries that had kept them off the mound since last season. It was the first time this month that the Rangers have won two games in a row. The Rangers are still nine games out of first place with a record that’s four games under .500 at 45-49 despite the series win.
The first game was one of the more interesting games of the year. Nick Martinez was summoned from Round Rock to make the start for Texas after effectively taking a three week vacation. The Rangers optioned him to Round Rock after his last start on July 1 to slow the mounting innings total he has compiled this year. He pitched twice for the Express over the past three weeks for a total of six innings to ostensibly stay sharp.
Martinez had difficulty early with his command in the thinner Denver air. He gave up seven runs on seven hits in the first two innings, but rallied to retire the Rockies in the third and fourth innings without further scoreboard damage.