ARLINGTON, Texas -- A tad more than 18,000 at Globe Life Park sweated out the finale of the Texas Rangers' four-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Here are three reactions from a 4-2 Rangers victory.
1. Mike Minor did the things Thursday that ace pitchers and All-Stars do.
His team had lost two straight and needed a win
His team's bullpen had been taxed to a degree and needed its ace to pitch deep into the game
It was miserably hot, and his team didn't need to be on the field for long stretches.
He didn't have his best stuff, yet he was clearly in command.
Any more doubts about how good this guy has been this season?
Minor allowed one run in eight innings as the heat index scored into triple digits. He didn't lose his grip on a 2-0 lead in the sixth when the Indians scored their run against him and had the go-ahead run at second base.
Minor got Jose Ramirez and then blew through the seventh inning on seven pitches. That's what gave him a chance to work the eighth and finish the day at an efficient 110 pitches.
"Just phenomenal, I don't what else to say, honestly," manager Chris Woodward said. "It's every time out. Every time he takes the ball he just gives us a good outing. Especially today when it's hot out, and to throw 110 pitches. I kept asking him after every inning, 'How are you doing? How are you doing?' He didn't even have like sweat on his face. It was just amazing to me how everybody else looks tired and it's hot out there, and he's just, eh, I'm good."