Monday, May 20, 2013
Good news, bad news.
Good news: Texas wins to take the series from Detroit. Bad news: Derek Holland gets knocked out before going five innings. Good news: So does Detroit's Doug Fister. Bad news: The bullpen melts down again. Good news: So does Detroit's. Bad news: Miguel Cabrera hits four long balls in the game. Good news: Adrian Beltre, Geovany Soto, and Lance Berkman all enjoy stellar nights at the plate.
That leads us to Murphy's Law: One bat alone will not win games. David Murphy, shown here on card 231 of the 2009 Allen and Ginter set, was batting second last night behind Elvis Andrus. Murphy's bat has been heating up with the weather and he kept it going as he went 2-for-3 with a walk and sacrifice fly. David hit a three run home run and collected four RBI total while scoring twice. That gave him just one less RBI than Cabrera. Combine his performance with the others and you get a 11-8 slugfest win. Great to see practically the whole lineup firing.
So, why was Murphy batting second? Because Adrus was leading off. Why? Ian Kinsler has been out for several days with a muscle strain. Yesterday the Rangers put him on the 15 day Disabled List. That's bad news, Ian was having a super year. There's some good news though, Jurickson Profar was called up to replace Kinsler on the roster. Profar will start tonight against the A's. Good chance for him to get some Major League seasoning and show what he can do.