Andy Ibáñez singled out athletics closer to Danny Jimenez with two outings in a pair of races, and the Texas Rangers scored three goals in the ninth inning.
Auckland, California – (AP) – Pinscher striker Andy Ibáñez has spent a couple of races with two exits from Athletics closer to Danny Jimenez, and the Texas Rangers have scored three wounds in the ninth inning for the second night in a row to win. Auckland 8-5 on Friday.
The Rangers have rallied with six runs in the last three innings and have extended their winning streak to three. It came a day after they scored three wounds in their last battle in a 4-1 victory.
“We are starting to adjust things and we are starting to feel more confident not only here at the club but also on the field,” Ibanez said through an interpreter. “It’s a really good atmosphere.”
Cole Calhoun stepped away from Jimenez (1-2) to open ninth place, and finished third in Nathaniel Lowe’s singles single. After Brad Miller stepped forward and stood at the home plate, shouting at referee Phil Cusi, Ibanez bounced into the center field with a score of 1-2 and then scored a goal on a single by Marcus Semen.
Ibanez’s strike came after a quick conversation with teammate Adalis Garcia.
“(We) sat in the dugout and talked about how to stay positive, that things don’t always turn out the way they should, but be positive,” Ibanez said. “It helped me a lot, gave me confidence.”
Sean Murphy and Chad Pinder fought off John Gray for home wounds at 5:30 p.m.
Lagging 5-2, the Rangers scored twice in the seventh and then tied it in the eighth on RBI doubles by Adalis Garcia of Zach Jackson. On Thursday, in a 4-1 victory, Garcia scored a goal.
PHOTOS: Rangers again came in 9th place to beat A with a score of 8-5 and 3rd place in a row
Matt Moore (2-0) made two zero innings and had three strikeouts. Dennis Santana finished ninth, making his first save since the 2014 Dominican Beginners League.
“Instead of panicking, it was one bit after another,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “You hope to win every game 7-2 or 7-0, but if in the ninth inning you find yourself in a tie, yesterday against a good pitcher and today against them closer and you find a way three points, it gives us a lot of confidence “.
The Rangers have allowed five or fewer runs in 12 games in a row, making it the longest active series in major tournaments and the longest in Texas since 2017.
Gray was noted for five runs and five strokes in six innings.
Starter Cole Irwin allowed two wounds – one earned – in the first before taking hold. The left-hander retired four times aside and had four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Manager A Mark Kotsai will miss Saturday’s game to attend graduation at his daughter Grace’s high school in San Diego. “It’s an exciting day for our family,” Kotsai said, adding that his daughter received a full scholarship to study at the Marshall School of Business at USC. Substitute coach Brad Osmus will rule in Kotz’s absence.
Athletics: Stephen Vogt (right knee dislocation) will begin rehab with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday. Vogt plans to play catcher while he is in the game. “Let’s see how his body copes with the load,” said Kotsai.
Rangers Taylor Hearn and Zach Log from Auckland will start in a left-handed match on Saturday. Hearn (2-3, 5.77 ERA) failed to come out of the fifth inning in each of the two previous starts. Log (2-3, 4.43) allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings of his last start after giving up four runs in his first 17 2/3 innings this season.