Texas Rangers Record MLB Best 27 Hits in Embarrassing Win over the Minnesota Twins
It was a great night for Texas Rangers hitting as they recorded an MLB best 27 hits in the Rangers 20-6 win over the Minnesota Twins.
The Texas Rangers recorded 3 runs in the first 3 innings for just the 3rd time in the 111 year history of MLB. The other two times were 20 years ago when the Oakland Athletic's did it to the Rangers and when Philadelphia did it to Pittsburgh back in 1990.
Derek Holland was on the mound and easily coasted to his career best 9th win in a season. Holland allowed an unearned run on 5 hits in 6 innings of work that included 4 strikeouts.
It was a woeful night for Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn. Blackburn was 7-6 on the year and had a 3.87 ERA coming into the contest. He only lasted 2 2/3rd innings before he was pulled. In that time he gave up 9 runs on 11 hits including 2 home runs. After Blackburn was pulled it was pitching by committee for the Twins who would go on to use 5 more pitchers, none lasting more than an inning. Outfielder Michael Cuddyer even got a chance on the mound. Cuddyer closed out the game in the 9th for the Twins. Cuddyer gave up 2 hits but no runs.
On the offensive side everyone got into the mix for the Rangers, except 3rd baseman Craig Gentry. Every Ranger starter recorded at least 2 hits except Gentry, who went hit-less in 6 appearances at the plate.
Despite being blown out, Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire was able to joke about the game:
"The first five innings looked like a ZIP code, that will tell you how it went ... 33354. I think that's Florida ... Fort Lauderdale." -AP
The Rangers have now won 14 of 18 to extend their lead in the AL West to 4 games over the Angels.