TEXAS snapped 3-game losing streak with first win in August and first on this home team, now 1-3 vs. BAL (0-3) and CWS (1-0 + 3 G)…earned 1st home win in 7 / 13 vs. OAK snaps a 7-game hitting streak that was the club’s longest hitting streak since moving to Globe Life Field…improves to 3-1 against the CWS in 2022 and will look to complete the season streak with a win tomorrow night.
COLE RAGANS held the White Sox to one unearned run on 3 hits and 4 walks while going 3 over 5.0 innings in his major league debut…became just the 10th pitcher in Rangers history to log 5.0+ IP without allowing an earned run in an ML debut1st by AJ Alexi on 08/30/21 (W, 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R)… blocked the bases loaded to avoid an injury in a 26-pitch 1st inning that included his first career hit ( Eloy Jiménez)…allowed a lone run in the 3rd inning when Luis Robert took a leadoff walk and eventually scored on an error on a dropped fly ball (Adolis Garcia).
NATHANIEL LOWE doubled in each of his first 2 appearances to extend his career-best 11-game hitting streak, matching the longest streak by a Ranger this season (also 11, Adolis Garcia from 6/17-29)…4- that place. double was scored with a game high exit velocity of 112.2 mph, the most hit on base hit by a Texas batter in 2022 (Statcast) … his 32 multi-hit games this season lead all Rangers as he already is just one hit shy of his career high (38 in 2021)…Lowe is batting .338 (22-65) with 9 extra-base hits (3 HR, 5 2B, 3B) in 16 G since the All-Star break.
BROCK BURKE earned the win (now 6-2) after retiring 6 of 7 batters he faced, including 4 strikeouts, over 2.0 shutout innings in relief, his MLB-leading 20th shutout in 4 + strikeouts this season…it was also his 16th scoreless relief game with 2.0+ SHO IP, most in MLB and most by a Ranger in a single season since Greg Harris in 1986 (17)…out tonight on his 26th birthday, becoming just the 4th pitcher in club history to record 2.0+ scoreless innings of relief on his birthday, 1st since Wes Littleton on 9/2/07 at LAA (2.0 SHO IP) …Burke over his last 28 G (5/1 start): 0.82 ERA (5 R-4 ER/44.0 IP) , 42 SO/10 BB, .192 opp. B.A.
CORY SEAGER finished with 2 hits, including a ground-rule double in the 6th inning, extending his At home 15-game on-base streak … Seager’s 37 career hits at Globe Life Field, incl. 2020 postseason with LAD, trails only Adolis Garcia (50) for the facility’s all-time lead.
CHICAGO-AL lost tonight’s road opener after winning 4 of the final 5 G’s on their just completed home run…the club is still 12-7 in their last 19 G’s…tonight was just the club’s 3rd loss in their last 9 road games, as the Sox went 16 -9 in their last 27 road games since 6/4.
JOHNNY CUETTO posted his 7th straight quality start but took his first loss since 6/23 vs. BAL…was 3-0 in his last 6 starts…threw all 8.0 IP for his 18th career complete game and 1- you complete game by a Sox pitcher in 2022… matched his longest outing of the season, also 8.0 SHO IP on 7/9 vs. DET… pitched his first complete game since 9/15/16 vs. STL while still he’s still with the Giants.
MISCELLANEOUS: Bubba Thompson, who made his MLB debut tonight starting at left fielder, recorded his first career hit on a single in the 7th inning… Meibrys Viloria put Texas ahead, 2-1, with a go-ahead RBI single in the 7 1st inning, his first career pinch hit…entering tonight, the White Sox had won 15 of their last 17 G’s against a lefty starting pitcher… tonight was just the second time since early July for Rangers win a game when you score 3 runs or less (also a 2-0 win last Thursday at LAA)…last such win at home?: 6/25 vs. WAS (3-2 scoreless win).