Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill
Nelson Cruz has hit a home run in five straight games for the Mariners. He had a total of six in the streak but all five games were on the road. He is 1-for-11 so far this season in Safeco Field.
Cruz has two home runs in his only two career at-bats against Ranges starter Yovani Gallardo, coming last year.
The Major League record for consecutive home runs is eight by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long.
Robinson Chirinos hit a home run on Tuesday and Carlos Corporan did the same on Wednesday. It’s the first time two different Rangers catcher have hit home runs in back-to-back games since Geovany Soto and A.J. Pierzynski on July 6-7, 2013.
Elvis Andrus on having more home runs than Prince Fielder, “I’ve already talked a lot about that. It might not end that way. But right now I’ve got more than Prince and that makes me happy.”
Fielder on the chances of Andrus having more home runs than him at the end of the year: “Not good. Very low.”
Fielder is hitting .400 for the Rangers with 16 hits in 40 at-bats. The rest of the team is hitting .185.
Manager Jeff Banister on Fielder, “I couldn’t be happier where he is at. You look at how tough he has been pitched, to be hitting .400 is a testament to what kind of hitter he is. The power will show up. He is building himself back into the player he was and I’m confident he will be that player. The bottom line is we have to get guys on in front of him.”
The Rangers went into Friday’s game hitting .186 against left-handers and Banister said, “There has been some chase. There have been games where left-handers haven’t throw us strikes, they have needed to throw strikes. It comes back to being bullish about what you swing at.”
The Rangers and the Royals both had 13 hit by pitches in their first ten games. First time a club has had that has happened since 1914.
Rougned Odor has been hit by a pitch five times in the first ten games. That has only happened four times in Major League Baseball since 1914: Shin-Soo Choo in 2013 with the Reds, Nick Johnson in 2002 with the Yankees and Tony Oliva in 1975 with the Twins.
Banister on 6-foot-5 Carlos Peguero: “I’m glad he didn’t grow up in Texas. He wouldn’t be playing baseball.”
Adrian Beltre has appeared in 150 straight games, fourth longest streak going in the Majors. The current leader is Evan Longoria with 252 straight games.
The Rangers have been outscored 45-10 in their six losses. They outscored their opponent 27-6 in the four victories. The Rangers are 4-1 when they score first and 0-5 when the opponent does so.
It all started on this date in 1869. The Cincinnati Red Stocks beat the Amateurs, 24-15, in the first professional game. Also in 1912, the New York Giants beat the Yankees, 11-2, in an exhibition game to raise money for the survivors of the Titanic.