Rangers' offense packs heavy lumber on road

Rangers' offense packs heavy lumber on road

Rangers' offense packs heavy lumber on road
ANAHEIM -- The Rangers have been leading the league in pitching on the road this season. After Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Angels, the Rangers now lead the American League in hitting on the road as well.

After getting 12 hits on Wednesday, the Rangers are hitting .266 on the road this season. That's one point higher than the Royals. But the Rangers rank eighth in runs scored on the road, mainly because they are hitting .315 with runners in scoring position at home and .256 on the road. They've also hit 40 more home runs at home than on the road.

The Rangers' road offense still has surged on this 10-game trip. The Rangers went into Thursday's game hitting .325 with 42 runs scored in the first six games. They were hitting .377 with runners in scoring position.

"I thought that when we went on the last road trip to Toronto and Detroit, we were lackluster in our situational hitting," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "But when we got back home, we started getting back on track and it's carried over on this trip. Our two-out hitting has been pretty good and that's something we take pride in. The other thing is guys are starting to trust each and not thinking that one guy has to carry the club. That's why you see different guys coming through every night."

The four runs on Wednesday night were their fewest so far on the road trip, and Coolbaugh noted that the Rangers failed on four occasions to get a runner home with less than two outs.

But he did like the relentless pressure that his offense put on Angels starter Ervin Santana all night. They had baserunners in every inning.

"Even though sometimes we don't get it done, the more situations where the opposing pitcher really has to bear down and make pitches as the game goes along the more chance of him making a mistake and something big happening," Coolbaugh said. "I think you saw that Wednesday. The more opportunities you create, the more pressure you can put on the pitcher. That's kind of what this team is about, battling you all the way through."