- The Mariners snapped a 5 game losing streak against the Rangers today.
- Seattle scored 14 or more runs for the 3rd time this season (last: 14, 7/23 at TOR).
- Robinson Canó (2×5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, IBB) homered in back-to-back games for the 6th time this season.
o Has hit safely in 9 straight games and in 18 of his last 20 games (8/16 – c)…is batting .383 (31×81) with 15 runs, 3 doubles, 6 home runs and 12 RBI since Aug. 16.
o With the home run against Hamels in the 1st inning, Canó now has 11 home runs off of left-handed pitchers this season, most in the Major Leagues among left-handed hitters.
- Franklin Gutierrez (3×4, R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB) extended his hitting streak to 6 games with a solo home run in the 2nd inning…during the streak is batting .556 (10×18) with 4 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI.
o With 1 RBI against Hamels and 1 RBI against Mendez, Gutierrez ranks second in the American League with 32 RBI against left-handed pitchers…trails only Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer (33).
o With the home run against Hamels in the 2nd inning, Gutierrez now has 12 home runs off of left-handed pitchers this season, the second most in the A.L….trails only Nelson Cruz (15).
- Felix Hernandez recorded his 10th win of the season today.
o Has recorded at least 10 wins in 10 of his last 11 season, including each of his last 8 seasons.
o The streak of 8 consecutive season with at least 10 wins is currently tied for the 5th-longest active streak in the Majors…trails only John Lackey (12), Zack Greinke (9), James Shields (9) and David Price (8), while tied with Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer.
- Dae-Ho Lee (2×5, 2 R, 3 RBI) is batting .458 (11×24) with 4 runs, 1 double and 6 RBI in his last 6 games since snapping an 0-for-18 skid on Aug. 30.
o Is hitting .372 (16×43) with 6 runs, 1 double, 3 home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games vs. Texas this season.
- Jesus Sucre (3×3, 2 RBI) equaled a career-high with 3 hits today (also: 9/30/15 vs. HOU).
o With a single in the first inning, is now a career .667 (4×6) against starting pitcher Cole Hamels.
- Leonys Martin (1×4, 2 R, 2B, BB) has hit safely in 29 of 39 day games and reached base safely in 33 of 39 games…overall, is batting .322 (46×143) with 25 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs & 16 RBI in day games.
- Rougned Odor (3×4, R, HR, 2 RBI) extended his extended his hitting streak to 6 games with a single in the 3rd inning…during the streak is batting .536 (15×28) with 6 home runs and 16 RBI.
o Has driven in a run in a career-high 7 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Ranger this season.
o Becomes the 5th player in Rangers history to have a 30-homer season at the age of 22 or younger (also: Jeff Burroughs, Pete Incaviglia, Ruben Sierra and Juan Gonzalez).
- Adrian Beltre (1×2, R, BB) has scored a run in a career-best 11 straight games, which equals the club record (also: Ian Kinsler and Michael Young).
- Cole Hamels went 1.2 IP today and gave up 7 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4.
o Allowed a season-high 7 runs, the most since giving up 9 runs on 7/10/15 vs. SF w/PHI.
o Has a 19.50 ERA (13 ER, 6.0 IP) with 7 walks and 8 strikeouts over his last 2 starts against the Mariners.
o 1.2 innings marks his shortest start of the season…only the second time in his career that he has gone less than 2.0 innings (also: 0.2 IP, 6/1/10 at ATL w/PHI).
- Yohander Mendez made his Major League debut today, going 1.0+ IP and allowing 5 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk.
- RANGERS MANAGER JEFF BANISTER:
On Cole Hamels’ having two rough starts against the Mariners:
“Well today didn’t get the quality of strike that he wanted to. I don’t think it was a rhythm issue today, just more didn’t get on the edges where he’d like to, get it into the swing and miss zones where he’s accustomed. And he missed out over the plate today. And when he missed out over the plate they didn’t miss his misses.”
On expecting a 30-homer season from Rougned Odor:
“I think he projects to. We could envision him hitting 30 somewhere in his career, I just think he’s got to it a little quicker than we projected him to get there. This young man can leave the ballpark in all directions. We know how powerful he is, he’s got great launch angle on the ball, when the ball leave his bat so it creates great leverage. When he’s staying out of chase zones, the breaking ball down and the high fastball, and he forces pitchers back into his zone, he’s extremely dangerous. So it’s a huge plus for him, elite company like you say and this is a guy that is a star in the making.”