Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Cubs 2
CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers' Derek Holland was just another in a growing list of lefty starters to dominate the Chicago Cubs' lineup. Holland tossed seven innings of two-hit, shutout baseball, striking out six and walking none. The Cubs entered the night hitting .159/.229/.239 against left-handed starters on the season.
Benevolent breeze: The wind in Wrigley can be fickle, blowing out one night and in the next. On Tuesday, as good as both starters were, there's no doubt they were aided by a solid inward breeze that seemed to knock down many hard line drives. Numerous balls that sounded good off the bat died in the air well before reaching the warning track.
Baker's Wrigley return: During Jeff Baker's tenure with the Cubs, he was usually placed in the lineup when facing a lefty starter. And when that happened, he often produced. Baker filled in for the struggling David Murphy in left field and delivered once again, going 2-for-3 against Cubs starter Travis Wood, including an RBI double that opened the scoring on the evening.
Beltre's bat warming up: The majority of the Rangers' bats have been struggling through the first 13 games of the season. Beltre came into the game with a .224/.283/.327 line, but delivered a key double in the fourth, which led to him scoring the first run of the game. Beltre then blasted a two-run homer in the seventh, giving the Rangers a nice four-run cushion.
Up Next: Rookie Justin Grimm makes his second start of the season for the Rangers, taking on Carlos Villanueva at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
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