The Texas Rangers took on the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon. Getting scratched from his last start for the flu, Brett Anderson took the mound for the Brew Crew. Kyle Gibson started for the Rangers.
The Rangers got things started early off Anderson. Leody Taveras led the game off with a hustle double, taking advantage of a hesitant Mark Mathias in left field. Isiah Kiner-Falefa almost took Brian Anderson’s head as he ripped a fastball right back up the middle. Taveras scored as Keon Broxton bobbled the ball in centerfield.
Kiner-Falefa advanced to second as Danny Santana put down a swinging bunt that he was able to beat out. Ronald Guzman followed with a double that reached the right centerfield wall. Broxton was unable to cut the ball off, and the result was two runs scoring, and the Brewers being down early, 3-0.
Anderson was able to settle down after facing the first four hitters of the game. Prior to leaving for the golf course, the Brewers’ new lefty pitched 2.2 innings, giving up the three runs on four hits. Chris Lee finished the third inning off as Anderson got to his pitch limit.
Brent Suter was next on the mound, and he had a rough afternoon as he got his work in. He started his outing off by walking Rob Refsnyder. Refsnyder tagged to second on a fly ball by Sam Travis to Mathias in left field who battled the sun to make the play. Jeff Mathis, with two outs in the inning, launched a bomb over the left centerfield wall for a two-run homer. Leody Taveras followed with a single, and Kiner-Falefa hit his own two-run homer to make it 7-0, Texas.
The Rangers scored one more off Suter in the fifth. Matt Duffy started the inning off with a single. Refsnyder followed with his second walk in his second at-bat off Suter. Duffy scored on a single by Sam Travis.
The Brewers finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Orlando Arcia continued his power barrage with a solo shot. The Brewers were still down 8-1.
Texas kept scoring runs in the top of the seventh. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Devin Williams walked Sam Travis. Travis would score on a two-run homer by Andy Ibanez making it 10-1.
Drew Rasmussen took over the top of the eighth for the Brewers. He started things off by walking Henry Ramos. Josh Jung followed with a single off the flame thrower. On the verge of getting out of the inning after inducing a double play, Rasmussen fired a wild pitch, scoring Ramos.
Milwaukee tried to get something going in the bottom of the eighth. The Brewers got three straight singles to load the bases with no one out by Brice Turang, Chad Spanberger, and Joantgel Segovia. Unfortunately only Turang was able to score on a sacrifice fly by Mario Feliciano. That would also be the last threat the Brew Crew would make today as the Rangers won 11-2.
Milwaukee will be at it again tomorrow as they drive over to Mesa to play the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium. Adrian Houser is scheduled to start for the Brew Crew. Frankie Montas takes the hill for the Athletics. First pitch is at 3:05 CT. The game can be heard on A’s Cast