SEATTLE -- During the Rangers' eight-game winning streak going into Friday's game against the Mariners, they hit .348 as a group and averaged over seven runs per game. They made just two errors and allowed one unearned run. Manager Ron Washington gave hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh credit for the offense. He gave the media credit for the improved defense. "You guys made them aware of how bad they were playing," Washington said. "That was a challenge to them. They take pride in playing defense and now they are more focused on their defense."
Coolbaugh's success came after a meeting with Washington about 10 days after he took over as hitting coach in early June. Washington was concerned about the Rangers getting away from situational hitting and falling back into their all-or-nothing approach. Washington reminded Coolbaugh what he felt was important. "He took it from there and ran with it," Washington said. "He's getting comfortable and it has been working. You've got to give him credit. I told him what I wanted and got out of the way. Fundamentals are important and in batting practice he has been emphasizing it big-time. You can see the results."