ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Gibson rebounded from a horrendous opening day begin for Texas by hanging out eight over six scoreless innings, and the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 within the rubber recreation of their three-game sequence Wednesday.
Gibson (1-0) scattered six hits with one stroll whereas throwing 55 of 82 pitches for strikes.
“It was simply good for Gibby to get again on the market and do what we anticipated with all the work this man has put in,” supervisor Chris Woodward stated. “He regarded just like the No. 1 immediately … He type of set the tone.”
Six days earlier, within the first opening-day begin for Gibson in his 9 massive league seasons, the Rangers led 5-Zero at Kansas Metropolis earlier than he had thrown his first pitch. However Gibson recorded just one out whereas dealing with eight batters and giving up 5 runs. It was the shortest opening day begin in franchise historical past, the shortest within the majors since 1982 and the one time he failed he to get out of the primary inning.
Nick Solak homered off left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu (0-1), who struck out seven with out a stroll over seven innings.
“He’s spectacular, to see someone pitch like that all the time,” Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated. “He’s our ace, and he gave us an opportunity.”
Marcus Semien hit his third homer for the Blue Jays, a leadoff shot within the eighth.
Ian Kennedy, the third Texas reliever, struck out three round a success within the ninth for his second save, each in lower than 24 hours. The 36-year-old right-hander went to spring coaching on a minor league cope with Texas, which then misplaced potential closers Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez to accidents.
Gibson received an out towards the Blue Jays on Semien’s flyball to left on the primary pitch, and had 5 strikeouts the primary time by the order. Toronto had the bases loaded with one out within the fifth after Semien walked earlier than Cavan Biggio grounded right into a double play.
“I don’t know that I actually wanted to do an excessive amount of work in between the ears truthfully,” Gibson stated about his ideas for the reason that opener. “As I regarded again on it … I ended up creating a few of the injury that they did simply by not having good command.”
Woodward stated he would chalk up the primary recreation to “opening day weirdness,” then added, “That is what we had been anticipating.”
Solak led off the Rangers second along with his first residence run this season. Catcher Jose Trevino reached on an infield single later within the inning and scored when Leody Taveras blooped a broken-bat single to brief proper.
Ryu has allowed solely two runs in every of his two begins, with 12 strikeouts and just one stroll, however the South Korean pitcher has gotten solely three runs of assist.
“General, it was outing,” Ryu stated by a translator. “I used to be ready to ensure the hitters received comfortable contact, and that allowed me to throw seven innings.”
Blue Jays: CF George Springer, who had hoped to make Blue Jays debut on Thursday, felt tightness in his proper quad working bases. Springer began the season on the injured listing with a strained left indirect muscle that gave him no points throughout batting apply Tuesday earlier than working the bases. … C Danny Jansen was again within the lineup. He left the sequence opener Monday after taking a foul prime off the within of his proper knee.
Rangers: 3B Brock Holt got here out of Tuesday night time’s recreation late with proper hamstring tightness, however already wasn’t scheduled to start out Wednesday towards a left-handed pitcher.
Blue Jays: Change into the primary crew in MLB historical past to play residence openers in three completely different cities over three consecutive seasons. They host the Los Angeles Angels at their spring coaching residence in Dunedin, Florida, after enjoying residence video games in Buffalo final season. Their final recreation of their residence park in Toronto was earlier than the pandemic in 2019.
Rangers: After a break day for the crew Thursday, Japanese RHP Kohei Arihara (0-0, 5.40 ERA) makes his first residence begin for Texas in a sequence opener towards the San Diego Padres on Friday night time.