The Rangers brought in Andy Ibanez to shake up the lineup and, wouldn’t you know it, in his first at-bat in his return to the big leagues, the org soldier infielder hit a three-run blast to cap off a five run first inning against the A’s that the Rangers wouldn’t look back from.
The home run was the first of Ibanez’s Major League career and it provided a massive sigh of relief for a Rangers team that had been struggling mightily of late. That it came against the A’s in the first matchup of the season between the two division rivals — in Elvis Andrus’ return — was an added bonus.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Kyle Gibson was good enough for Texas, while a tad inefficient, as he tossed 5 1⁄3 innings of two-run ball on five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.
Just when it looked like the A’s might rally, Jose Trevino swatted a three-run shot of his own in the bottom of the sixth to put this one to bed.
Player of the Game: Can beat a first career big league dong.
Up Next: The Rangers will go for a winning streak tomorrow night against the A’s with
RHP Jordan Lyles RHP…