Rangers Baseball, photo by Greg Scallan

Derek Dietrich homers, Gibson gets 1st win

Derek Dietrich homers and Kyle Gibson gets his first win of the year as the Rangers beat the Rockies by a final of 6-4 as they extend their winning streak to a new season-high of 4-games.

The Rangers Derek Dietrich wants to win and he’s had a helping hand or bat in every game he’s played. His 3-run home run was key and provided needed insurance runs for the Rangers. With this win the Rangers move to 10-9 on the season. That is not something that I would have guessed a week ago. That goes to show that baseball can’t truly be predicted.

On the mound

Kyle Gibson earned his first win as he led the Rangers on the mound for 6.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Gibson now has a 1-2 record with a 3.74 earned run average.

Bullpen

Jonathan Hern?ndez He pitched 1.2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits. He’s got nasty stuff and was topping out at 99 mph in the botton of the 8th. He owns a 2.13 earned run average.

Rafael Montero came in the bottom of the 9th and it got interesting. The first batter, Raimel Tapia reached by catchers interference. Ryan McMahon doubled and Tapia rounded 3rd to score easily. Catcher Tony Wolters struck out swinging. Garrett Hampson lined out for the 2nd out. Trevor Story, who had been 3-4 on the night struck out on a foul tip and Montero earned his 5th save in 5 opportunities. This Hern?ndez and Montero combination is working out quite nicely for the Rangers.

Swinging the bats

Every batter in the Rangers line-up had a hit tonight except for Scott Heineman since he pinch ran for Willie Calhoun and only had one at bat.

The Rockies scored 2 runs from a Tony Wolters double in the bottom of the 2nd but the Rangers got a run back in the top of the 3rd when Shin-Soo Choo singled to score Jose Trevino.

May I just say how nice it is to have Jose Trevino back? It's nice. He is more productive offensively and defensively than Jeff Mathis. 

The Rangers scored again in the top of the 5th when Choo once again singled, which this time scores Elvis. Jose Trevino scored again after Willie Calhoun lined out and Nolan Arenado had a throwing error trying to get Isiah Kiner-Falefa out at first.

Dietrich hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 8th. Those runs were need as the Rockies scored a run in the bottom of the 9th.

That home run was Dietrich’ 5th HR in 12 games at Coors Field and definitely part of the reason he was in the line-up tonight.

After the 9

The Rangers beat the Rockies by a final of 6-4. The MVP of the game for me goes to Dietrich for I believe the 2nd time.

The Rangers have a season high 4 game win streak and in 2nd place. They are 4 games behind the Oakland Athletics who are 15-6.

Rangers were 3 – 16 with runners in scoring position and the team left 6 on-base.

I’m comfortable here. We’ve got a great group of guys.

Derek Dietrich