The Rangers squared off with the Dayton Cardinals for a double-dip at Oak Grove Park in Centerville.
The Rangers lost game one on a walk-off base hit 7-6. Things started off well though for the Rangers. Nick Gilmore led the game off with a HBP, after a one-out double from Ben Schooler, Dominic Kuzujanakis launched a 3-run home run. But the Cardinals would pick up a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Anthony Ragan.
The Cards batted around in the second, scoring 5 times, to take a 6-3 lead. However, the Rangers would chip away at that lead as Gilmore smacked his first career HR, a 2-run blast in the fourth. The Rangers would tie the game at 6-6 in the fifth after a passed ball allowed Kujo to score from third.
The score stood that way until the bottom of the seventh when Ragan led off with a triple and scored on a Ryan MacFarlane single to win the game for the Cardinals.
The Rangers appeared to carry over that hard-luck defeat into game two as the team was no-hit by MacFarlane. However, with the help of an error in the first inning, and a sac fly from Schooler, the Rangers actually had a 1-0 lead. And Joe Becker's stellar pitching performance allowed that score to hold up as he blanked the Cardinals over 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and striking out 4 to help the Rangers rebound with a 1-0 win.
Rangers 1, Cardinals 0,
Offensive highlights: Nick Gilmore 1-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, HR, 3 SB; Kujo 3-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR, double
Historical Notes: Nick Gilmore's stolen base put him at 24 on the season, a new single-season record for the Rangers (previous high 23 by Larry Fleming 1997). Joe Becker struck out Matt Anderson in the second inning to record his 400th strikeout for his career. Eric Becker is 3 RBIs shy of 100 in league play. Jonmarc Lippincott is 2 walks shy of 300 in league play. Rangers franchise win total sits at 397.