Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, Rangers 3
August, 23, 2014
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- These are not the old Kansas City Royals, who would visit a town only to see themselves get beaten up over three or four games.
The new Royals are holding on to first place in the American League Central and are surging toward a pennant race in September. And you could tell that Royals fans, maybe hiding across the country all these years, are coming out for some road games.
What was turning into a quiet evening for the Royals got a little tense in the ninth, but they were able to hold on and defeat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Saturday night.
It's going so badly for the Rangers (49-79) there was a "MOOSEE" chant, for third baseman Mike Moustakas, after he singled in the fifth inning. To be fair, there was a "Let's Go Rangers" chant in the bottom of the ninth and loud cheers on Leonys Martin's two-out single that drove in two runs.
Oh yeah, the Rangers have lost another series. The Rangers have won just 12 of 42 this season after losing the first two games of this three-game set. Of 20 home series, the Rangers have won just six.
How it happened: For one inning, Rangers starter Nick Tepesch lost it all. With the scored tied 1-1, Tepesch gave up a leadoff walk to Josh Willingham to start the fifth, and he eventually loaded the bases with No. 9 hitter Alcides Escobar up. Escobar hit a bouncer to Adrian Beltre, who threw Willingham out at home. Tepesch, now with two out, walked leadoff man Jarrod Dyson on four pitches. Omar Infante picked up a single to drive in two more runs. When Tepesch left the mound, he was down 4-1 and looking slightly dazed by it all.
Slumps ending and ongoing: With a fifth-inning single, Jim Adduci ended an 0-for-26 slide. His previous hit had been a home run Aug. 9 at Houston, the first of his major league career. Adduci went 1-for-2 with a walk Saturday. He also stole a base. J.P. Arencibia went 0-for-4, and the Rangers first baseman has just two hits in his past 28 at-bats, spanning 10 games.
Claudio’s scoreless streak ends: Reliever Alexander Claudio allowed his first inherited runners to score since he was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Aug. 13. Claudio relieved Tepesch with one out and two on in the seventh. Dyson drove in both runs with a single to center to make the score 6-1. While the runs go on Tepesch’s record, Claudio had inherited four runners coming into Saturday’s game and hadn't allowed any runs.
Stealing bases: Elvis Andrus and Adduci each stole a base, marking just the second time since the All-Star break the club had multiple steals in a game. On Aug. 17, the Rangers stole three bases against the Los Angeles Angels. Prior to that, the Rangers stole two bases against the Angels on July 12.
Hall of Fame honor: Former team president Tom Schieffer was inducted into the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Schieffer was a big reason why the ballpark was built in Arlington. He becomes the hall's 17th member.
What’s next?: Right-hander Scott Baker (1-3, 5.75 ERA) is set to oppose Royals lefty Jason Vargas (10-5, 3.17) to conclude the three-game series Sunday at 2:05 p.m. CT.