Adrian Beltre answers key question: Did he rush to get off DL?
The Houston Astros won’t return to Globe Life Park until 2019, although that is good news for the Texas Rangers.
The reigning World Series champions completed a two-game sweep of the Rangers on Wednesday night, pulling out a 5-4 victory in extra innings. It marked the final matchup between the two AL West and intrastate rivals in Arlington.
The two teams will meet for a three-game series in Houston later this month, and that’ll be it for the season.
Anyway, on to the reaction.
1. Injury updates. Third baseman Adrian Beltre was a late scratch with a tooth infection Wednesday, but all is well after he underwent a root canal.
Beltre made the trip to Detroit.
But the Rangers didn’t receive great news on reliever Tony Barnette. He exited Tuesday’s game with a right shoulder strain, and an MRI revealed a strained lat. That means Barnette won’t throw for at least four weeks, which would likely put his return in mid-August at the earliest.
Reliever Chris Martin took the loss Wednesday and said afterward he is dealing with left groin soreness. Martin doesn’t think the injury is serious.
2. Mound issues. First pitch had to be delayed about 10 minutes on Wednesday as the grounds crew worked on the Globe Life Park pitching mound.
Rangers starter Mike Minor said the mound was slick, and Astros starter Gerrit Cole also had issues with the mound.
So did Martin, who fell down after hitting a batter with a pitch.
A slick mound hasn’t been much of an issue in previous games.
As Minor said jokingly, "I don’t know if it was because it was 90 degrees out and not 100 degrees. I don’t know."
3. Mazara, Gallo struggles. Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo had forgettable nights at the plate, each going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Mazara left a team-high five on base and finds himself in a mini-slump, going 1-for-13 in the past three games.
Gallo, though, is in a full-fledged slump. He left four onbase and is batting .114 (5-for-44) over the last 14 games. His average has dipped to .191 on the season, fifth-lowest qualifying average in the big leagues.