When the Texas Rangers were beaten on Opening Day, 14-10, it showed that they still had the offensive firepower to win but needed pitching help. They got that help in the second game of the MLB season when they evened up the series with the Philadelphia Phillies on April 1 with a 3-2 win.
Here are three things to take out of the Texas Rangers win.
Shin-Soo Choo arrives
In the Opening Day loss, the top three batters all struggled, but in this second game they rebounded, batting 4-for-10 with two walks as well. Shin-Soo Choo, the Rangers big free agent acquisition this offseason finally showed why he was worth the big money. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. His final time on base put him in position to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Adrian Beltre is starting the season off on fire
The man who knocked in the winning RBI in the ninth inning was Adrian Beltre, which should come as no surprise to Rangers' faithful, as he has become the MVP of this team over the past two seasons. In this win over the Phillies, he went 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in two RBIs. He also picked up his second double of the season. Beltre is the perfect cleanup hitter.
The pitching staff locks things down
Even better is the pitching in this game. After the pitching staff gave up 14 runs in the first game, they limited the Phillies to eight hits and only two earned runs in this game. Martin Perez, a youngster who broke into the majors last season, went 5.2 innings of seven hit, two run ball. He also tossed seven strikeouts. The three relievers did not give up an earned run and Joaquin Soria came in for the ninth inning and retired the side in order to give Texas the chance to win it in the ninth.
The Texas Rangers finish their three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. EST.