Kameron Loe's final pitching line tonight:
7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR. 15 groundball outs.
And yet another win.
The Rangers offense continues to roll, even without the services of Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira. Texas scored four times in the 3rd inning against Jeremy Bonderman with plate discipline, some well placed singles, and a little luck. "The Snake" made the 4-1 lead stand up, with Kam once again leaning heavily on his sinker and breaking pitches to dominate Detroit's lineup. Obviously, it worked.
However, the game still hung in the balance going into the top of the 9th inning, with the Rangers nursing a narrow 4-2 lead. Eric Gagne was warming up in preparation for a third consecutive appearance, something that I certainly did not want to see after his struggles on Sunday night.
Thankfully, the bats stepped up yet again, and one Eulogio De La Cruz implosion later, the Rangers had an 8-2 lead. Frankie Francisco made things much more interesting than they needed to be in the bottom of the 9th inning, and Gagne had to start warming up again, but Frankie persevered and Texas managed to hold on for the 8-3 win.
There just aren't enough good things to say about Kam Loe's performance tonight. Consider for a moment that the Tigers are the best offensive team in baseball, with a team batting line of .293/.354/.476 and 454 runs scored, far and away the most runs scored by any team in baseball this year. For Loe to pitch like he did tonight, against such a dangerous collection of hitters, is nothing short of remarkable. We can only hope that he can keep this up.
Willie Eyre will take the mound on Tuesday night opposite Detroit's Nate Robertson, as Eyre makes the first start of his major league career.
Once again, long live "The Snake."
And for that matter, Andy Hawkins too.
Tuesday, June 26th Game Preview
Texas Rangers (31-45) at Detroit Tigers (45-30)
Willie Eyre (2-3, 3.00 ERA) vs. Nate Robertson (4-6, 5.07 ERA)
6:05 PM CST in Detroit, Michigan (Comerica Park)
TV: FSNSW | Radio: KRLD 1080 AM