Games 22, 23
Machine 10, Rangers 4,
Rangers 3, Machine 2, gm 2
In what can only be explained as competitive balance this season, the Rangers split their 5th doubleheader of the season. To compare, the Rangers only participated in 4 DH splits in the previous two seasons combined.
The Rangers shook off a game one anomaly in a 10-4 loss to the Mad River Machine to regroup and knock off the Machine 3-2 with another last inning comeback in game two.
The Rangers offense was just lethargic in game one as it could only muster 6 hits off of Matt Clark and Logan Gray. The only 4 runs came in the sixth inning, keyed by a bases-clearing double from Brody Dunlevy. Joe Becker suffered the loss. Andrew Holland pitched 2 solid innings of relief and Eric Becker tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning in his first mound appearance in a decade.
Game two featured two powerhouse pitchers in Ryan Kemp and Paul Wilson, of the Machine. Kemp ran into early trouble in the bottom of the first with hits from Abdiel Torres-Vega and Wilson. However, Holland gunned down a runner at the plate from left field to keep the Machine off the board.
Meanwhile, the Rangers worked a pair of two-out walks and a single from Cody Oakes to load the bases. Dunlevy then worked his team-best 19th walk of the season to plate the first run of the game for the Rangers.
The Machine answered in the bottom of the third as Wilson roped a two-out RBI double to left before later scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Kemp coaxed a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. The score stood that way until the top of the seventh.
Eric Becker worked a one-out walk off of Machine reliever Cole Quillen. Stephen Hoendorf then muscled a single up the middle that ricocheted off of the diving second baseman's glove, allowing Becker to scamper around to third. Jonmarc Lippincott then executed a perfectly placed safety squeeze bunt down the first base line to plate Becker with the go ahead run.
Kemp struck out a pair in the final frame to record his first complete game victory.
Offensive highlights: Eric Becker 3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI, SB; Brody Dunlevy 2-for-4, double, 4RBI; Brandon Marshall 3-for-8, double, R.
Historical Notes: The Rangers need 28more hits to reach 7000 franchise base-knocks.