Rangers Stat of the Day: August 2021

September 1st, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Rangers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Aug. 31: Rangers 4, Rockies 3 -- Lowe’s hot homestand
Nathaniel Lowe accounted for three of the Rangers’ four runs with a solo homer and an RBI single. His 18 RBIs since the All-Star break are tied with DJ Peters for the club lead over that span. Lowe has hits in all four games across Texas’ homestand, batting .412 with two straight multihit games.

Aug. 30: Rangers 4, Rockies 3 -- Alexy's amazing debut
A.J. Alexy became the first Rangers pitcher to win a start in his Major League debut since Chi Chi González on May 30, 2015 (5 2/3 shutout innings). He’s just the 16th overall in club history to win a start in a debut. He and fellow prospect Glenn Otto are the first pair of pitchers to work at least five shutout innings and allow two or less hits in their debuts in the same season. Otto pitched five scoreless on two hits against the Astros on Friday.

Aug. 29: Rangers 13, Astros 2 -- A grand fifth inning
Adolis García's grand slam was the first for the Rangers since Sept. 28, 2019, by Rougned Odor. It was also the first by a Texas rookie since Ronald Guzman hit one against Baltimore on July 15, 2018.

Aug. 28: Astros 5, Rangers 2 -- Rookie on a roll
Adolis García hit his team-leading 28th home run of the season and is just two shy of the club’s rookie home run record set by Pete Incaviglia in 1986. The homer was also his 50th extra-base hit of the season (28 homers, 20 doubles, 2 triples). He’s just the third Rangers rookie to reach that mark behind Mark Teixeira’s 60 in 2003 and Incaviglia’s 53 in 1986.

Aug. 27: Astros 5, Rangers 4 -- Ibáñez's hot streak
Andy Ibáñez hit a home run and a single for his seventh straight game with multiple hits, which is the longest streak in the Majors this season and the longest by a Ranger since Alex Rios did it in 2014. He also extended his hit streak to a career-high 11 straight, tying the longest such streak by a Ranger this season (Isiah Kiner-Falefa, June 1-13). Ibáñez has 16 hits in his last seven games.

Aug. 26: Indians 10, Rangers 6 -- Ibáñez keeps rolling
Andy Ibáñez (2-for-5) extended his career-best hit streak to 10 games with a third-inning double. It's the second-longest active streak in the American League entering the day behind only Yoán Moncada (12 games) of the White Sox. Ibáñez is batting .500 (19-for-38) with five RBIs during the streak, which is the second-longest hit streak by a Texas batter this season (Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 12 games from June 1-13).

Aug. 25: Indians 7, Rangers 2 -- Rookies aplenty in 2021
With left-hander Jake Latz making his Major League debut, the Rangers tied a club record with 23 appearances by rookies in a season. Texas set the record in 2014 and tied it in '19. The Rangers have used the second-most rookies in the American League, behind the Orioles' 24.

Aug. 24: Rangers 7, Indians 3 -- Hearn delivers
Taylor Hearn matched a career high with five innings while setting a new career best of 88 pitches. He allowed a second-inning homer to Daniel Johnson, his first homer allowed in an opposing ballpark since June 16 at Houston, snapping a 15-inning road homerless streak.

Aug. 23: Red Sox 8, Rangers 4 (11 innings) -- Ibáñez extends hitting streak
Andy Ibáñez, who hit a game-tying two-run double in the ninth inning, has a career-high seven-game hitting streak, during which he is batting 12-for-25 (.480).

Aug. 21: Rangers 10, Red Sox 1 -- Don't run on Adolis
In the second inning of Saturday's win, Adolis García recorded his 12th outfield assist of the season, tied for the second-most in the Majors (two fewer than Boston's Hunter Renfroe). García fielded a soft single into right field and threw out J.D. Martinez attempting to score from second base. The 12 outfield assists are the most by a Texas outfielder since Leonys Martin had 13 in 2015.

Aug. 20: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0 -- Kiner-Falefa on a tear
Isiah Kiner-Falefa's first-inning double marked his team-leading 33rd hit since the All-Star break. Kiner-Falefa has hit safely in six of his last seven games and in nine of his last 11. The double was Kiner-Falefa's only hit of the night. He struck out and grounded out twice in his other three at-bats.

Aug. 19 -- Mariners 9, Rangers 8 (11 innings) -- Martin's shot
Jason Martin hit a game-tying three-run home run with the Rangers down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game to extras. He became just the fourth Texas player to hit a game-tying or go-ahead homer with the club trailing by three runs and down to the final out of the game. The others were:
• Lee Stevens on May 31, 1999, against Kansas City (game-tying three-run homer)
• Buddy Bell on Aug. 31, 1984, against Milwaukee (walk-off grand slam)
• Jeff Burroughs on July 10, 1975, against Boston (game-tying three-run homer)

Aug. 18: Mariners 3, Rangers 1 -- Folty solid on the mound
Though Rangers starter Mike Foltynewicz took the loss, he tossed his third straight quality start, going six innings while allowing just two runs on three hits. The three consecutive quality starts matches a career high, a streak he's done three times, the last coming in 2019.

Aug. 17: Mariners 3, Rangers 1 -- Ibáñez comes through
Rangers rookie infielder Andy Ibáñez went 2-for-3 in Game 1 of the series against Seattle. It was his first multi-hit game since Aug. 1, also against the Mariners. His solo home run in the 3rd inning accounted for the Rangers’ only extra-base hit and run. He’s tied for the team lead in homers (4) with Jonah Heim and Adolis García after the All-Star break.

Aug. 15: Rangers 7, A's 4 -- Peters lets it fly
DJ Peters’ first home run in the first inning traveled a Statcast-projected 460 feet over the left-center-field wall. It is the fourth-longest home run ever hit at Globe Life Field since it opened in 2020 and second-longest by any Rangers batter: 472 feet from Seth Brown, 464 from Oakland’s Sean Murphy and 462 feet from former Ranger Joey Gallo.

Aug. 14: A's 8, Rangers 3 -- Pozo continues hot streak
Yohel Pozo went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Rangers' loss. He's just the sixth player in Texas history to have multiple hits in each of his first two Major League games, including Nomar Mazara's hot start in 2016. He's also just the 10th Ranger ever with four-plus hits in his first two big league games.

Aug. 13: Rangers 8, A's 6 -- Pozo's hot start
Yohel Pozo went 2-for-4 in his Major League debut, including a go-ahead 3-run home run in the sixth inning. He’s just the 10th player in Rangers history to homer in his MLB debut and the first since Anderson Tejeda in 2020.

Aug. 12: Mariners 3, Rangers 1 -- Culberson's favorite opponents
Charlie Culberson hit a solo home run in the second inning for his fourth of the season. Two of his home runs have come against Seattle, while the other two were against the Rays in St. Petersburg in April.

Aug. 11: Mariners 2, Rangers 1 -- No. 9 hole DH? It's historic
This matchup between the Rangers and Mariners was only the fifth time in MLB history that the designated hitter for both teams was batting in the ninth place in the order. The Rangers' nine-hole hitter, rookie Curtis Terry, went 0-for-3 at the plate, while Mariners DH Luis Torrens delivered a walk-off single in the ninth.

Aug. 10: Rangers 4, Mariners 4 -- Adolis' late dingers
Rangers outfielder Adolis García hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the ninth inning. It was his fourth time this season that he's hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later. That's the most in a season by any MLB rookie since 1961.

Aug. 8: A's 6, Rangers 3 -- Patience beyond his years
23-year-old infielder Yonny Hernandez, who had a .424 on-base percentage at Triple-A Round Rock, worked a three-ball count in six of his 12 plate appearances during the Rangers' three-game series against Oakland.

Aug. 7: A's 12, Rangers 3 -- A 31.1 mph strike? Pretty rare
Third baseman Brock Holt's 31.1 mph called strike was the slowest pitch to be called a strike in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008), the second-slowest being Willians Astudillo's 41.3 mph lob on June 4 earlier this year.

Aug. 6: A's 4, Rangers 1 (11 innings) -- Folty thrives against Oakland
Mike Foltynewicz has recorded a quality start in all four of his outings against the A's this season, allowing eight earned runs across 25 1/3 innings (2.84 ERA). Against the rest of the league, however, Foltynewicz has a 6.58 ERA.

Aug. 5: Angels 5, Rangers 0 -- Hearn's heat
Taylor Hearn struck out four batters over a career-high four innings out of the bullpen. His 52 relief strikeouts in 2021 lead all Texas pitchers this season. He is just the third left-handed Rangers pitcher since 2015 to record 50-plus relief K’s in a single season, joining Brett Martin in 2019 (59), Alex Claudio in 2017 (55) and Jake Diekman in 2016 (59).

Aug. 4: Angels 2, Rangers 1 -- Barlow's dominance
Rangers rookie reliever Joe Barlow stranded a leadoff double in a scoreless eighth inning against the Angels. He’s now thrown 8 2/3 shutout innings over his last 10 appearances. Jack Mayfield's double was just the third hit allowed by Barlow in his young career.

Aug. 3: Angels 11, Rangers 3 -- Another first for Terry
Rookie Curtis Terry notched his first career RBI when he plated DJ Peters on a single in the second inning. He also clocked the highest exit velocity (106.4 mph) of any Ranger on a fourth-inning fly ball. After going 0-for-20 during his first six games at the big league level, he now has hits in each of his last two games, during which he’s 3-for-7.

Aug. 2: Rangers 4, Angels 1 -- Barlow's epic strikeout run
Joe Barlow fanned the Angels’ Jack Mayfield to lead off the eighth inning for his eighth consecutive strikeout over his last five relief appearances. That set a club record for consecutive strikeouts, passing the previous mark of seven, which was accomplished by Neftali Feliz, Nolan Ryan and Danny Darwin.

Aug. 1: Rangers 4, Mariners 3 -- Heim's historic hack
Jonah Heim is the first player with walk-off homers in back-to-back games since Albert Pujols on June 4-5, 2011. He is also the first player in Rangers/Senators franchise history and the first MLB rookie ever to accomplish the feat.