Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rangers win opener in Land of Oak 4-3

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Yu has had trouble versus the A's in his short career, when compared to his performance versus other teams the A's appear to be his kryptonite.  He had a 1-6 record versus the A's going into the game tonight.

Tonight Yu gave up 3 ER's in 6 IP.  That doesn't sound so bad but Yu only had one 3 up, 3 down inning all night.  It was an adventure.

Elvis had a huge throwing error in the bottom of the 9th that put the tying run on 2B with 1 out.  Could have been terrible.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: As opposed to a lot of other outings versus the A's, Yu got some run support, getting out of the Land of Oak with a no decision.  Choo went yard to lead off the game and Prince continued to produce at the plate (2-4), he even had a double (sure it's not a homer but it showed some power).

Kouzy was named the AL offensive player of the week after his great performance last week filling in for the injured Beltre, not too shabby.  And Kouzy continued his hot streak at the plate tonight, scoring the go ahead run in the bottom of 8 after a lead off double.

Soria absorbed the Elvis error in the bottom of the 9th and got the save.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: With Kouzy performing so well at the plate don't the Rangers have to find a spot for him in the batting order when Beltre comes back?  Moreland has been OK but nowhere near as good as Kouzy.  I could see Kouzmanoff DH'ing for the Rangers.  Hopefully the Rangers can too.

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