The Texas Rangers opened the 2014 MLB season with three pitchers with little to no MLB experience as starters but finished by winning the series two games to one. The second win came on April 2 when the Rangers scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to capture the win and win the series.
Here is a look at three things to come out of the season opening winning series for the Texas Rangers.
Shin-Soo Choo shows patience
When the Texas Rangers signed Shin-Soo Choo, they knew they were getting one of the best players in baseball when it came to getting on base. That was the key to this game. While Choo went 1-for-4 with an RBI, it was a walk that was the biggest play of the game. With the bases loaded, and Jonathan Papelbon pitching, Choo fell behind 1-2 in the count and watched as Papelbon threw three straight balls and Choo's patience walked in the winning run.
Robbie Ross has great first start
Since Texas never scored until the seventh inning, they needed Robbie Ross to keep them in the game. In his first ever start in the majors, Ross was spectacular. He allowed seven hits over seven innings, with two earned runs and one unearned. He also tossed seven strikeouts. It looks like the Rangers' faith in their young pitcher may pay dividends.
Texas relievers hold on for the win
After leaving in the seventh, Ross watched his relief work three near perfect innings. Shawn Tolleson gave up one hit in 1.1 innings. Then Pedro Figueroa came into the game just two days after giving up four runs in the Rangers loss on Opening Day. He rebounded well with one walk but no hits in 0.2 innings. Seth Rosin then came in for the eighth inning and gave up only one hit with one strikeout over two innings to pick up the win.
The Texas Rangers take off on Thursday before heading out on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Rays with the first game on Friday, April 4, with first pitch at 7:10 p.m. EST.