Arizona Diamondbacks Vs Texas Rangers – What an absolutely bizarre time and year. I never imagined any of this would happen as I walked past Chase Field during Fan Fest in February. The fact that this year was the only time I entered the stadium is a little hard to fathom. Last time I did not participate
Arizona Diamondbacks Vs Texas Rangers
Last time this season, the Arizona Diamondbacks faced the American League West team in the Texas Rangers. The lines have been blurred between the leagues this season with the implementation of the designated hitter in the National League. The Rangers, like Arizona, are in the midst of a year of transition for the youth movement. Not the way they expected to christen their brand new stadium in Arlington, I’m sure.
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Alex Young pitched in his seventh start of the season decently enough for what I expected him to be as a backup starter. Texas jumped ahead of Arizona in the first inning behind Leody Tavares’ double. The Diamondbacks gave up Tavares’ hit streak after back-to-back hits by Nick Solak and Isaiah Kiner-Falefa. Alex Young settled in from there, while Rangers starter Wes Benjamin was relatively stingy until the fifth inning.
Young struck out three Rangers in the top of the second between Willie Calhoun’s single. Texas tacked on another run in the top of the fourth. 6’5” 240 pounder Sam Huff hit a scorching double to right center to score on a single by Anderson Tejada (who are these guys?). Young’s last frame of work came in the fifth inning with No. 83. He got the first two outs fairly easily on back-to-back strikeouts, but then proceeded to walk Nick Solak. Isiah Kiner-Falefa tripled to the right field wall, Kole Calhoun had trouble fielding the ball to make it 3-0 in favor of the Rangers. Long story short, this is my second recap against the Rangers this season and I feel like Kiner-Falefa has been a pain in the ass both times.
To be honest, I wasn’t entirely disappointed that the Diamondbacks are behind the competition at this point, and the league has announced that the 2021 draft order will be determined by 2020 record. in the draft. I was fine, but then the Diamondbacks offense decided to make a comeback.
Wyatt Mathisen hit his first career home run in the bottom of the fifth to put Arizona on the board. From there, all hell broke loose in the bottom of the sixth for the Diamondbacks, who went single, single, ground out, single, triple, home run, home run, triple. Wes Benjamin was thrown out after singles by Eduardo Escobar and Kole Calhoun. Nick Goody came on in relief for the Rangers and had an eight-pitch immediate battle to get Nick Ahmed to retire. Then the hit streak continued as Carson Kelly singled to score Escobar and Calhoun for the tying run. Daulton Varshaw hit the first of two D’backs triples in the next inning. Wyatt Mathisen hit his second career home run and became the first D’back since Connor Jackson to hit his first two home runs in the same game. That quickly took Goody out of the game, but his replacement Brett Martin fared no better. He immediately gave up a solo bomb to Tim Locastro, which is always disappointing because, come on, we’re paying him to run the bases, not run. Ketel Marte then tripled, but that would be it for Arizona, who now lead 7-3.
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The sixth inning was probably what the Texas Rangers were looking for because they basically laid down and died after that point. Travis Bergen, Yoan Lopez and Stefan Crichton combined for nine Rangers to secure the two-run victory.
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