Thirteen.

Zero.

Kansas City runs.

One.

Texas run.

Two.

Batters out of 91 who would eventually reach third base Thursday night . . . both of whom were Rangers, one in the fifth inning and the other time in the game’s final seconds, flying by the lonely bag.

Three.

Number of singles Joey Gallo has this year. Same as homers. Same as doubles. Just one triple.

Four.

The most batters Kansas City sent to the plate in any inning last night.

Five.

The number of Rangers starting pitchers going relatively well, after Andrew Cashner’s second straight strong effort. The Texas rotation has an opponents’ slash line of .229/.322/.379 and a collective ERA of 3.43 — and only 3.01 if you take out Martin Perez’s first inning Wednesday afternoon.

Six.

Innings pitched by Cashner Thursday night. Three hits, four walks, three strikeouts. No runs.

Seven.

Innings pitched by the bullpen Thursday night. One hit, one walk, 11 strikeouts. No runs.

Eight.

Rangers hitters who went down on strikes, compared with 14 Royals.

Nine.

Royals baserunners, one fewer than Texas managed.

Eleven.

Strikeouts registered by Rangers relievers, who had gone 4,168 regular season games since racking up as many (September 29, 1990).

Twelve.

Scoreless innings.

Thirteen.

The unscoreless inning.

Yeah, I skipped Ten.

It needed to go last.

Changeup, down. Ball one.

Changeup, low and away. Strike one, swinging.

Fastball, inner half. Fouled back. Strike two.

Slider, way inside. Ball two. Mound visit by the catcher.

Fastball, center-cut. Fouled back. Still strike two.

Fastball, center-cut. Fouled back. Still strike two.

Changeup, up and away. Fouled down the right field line. I mean, I think. Really, I don’t know. The camera crew wasn’t asked to keep tabs on the right field corner. Anyway, fouled by feet. Or inches. I don’t know. Fouled. Still strike two.

Fastball, inner half. Fouled back. Still strike two.

Slider, in the dirt. Ball three.

Pitch ten.

Ten.

Changeup, over the heart of the plate.

Shot down the left field line.

Cameras caught this one, and it was fair.

By plenty.

Delino DeShields tore counterclockwise from the bottom of the diamond.

Joey Gallo tore counterclockwise from the top of the diamond.

DeShields loped to a stop after connecting with the bag on the right.

Gallo did no such thing after connecting with the bag on the left.

Seconds later, Gallo slammed his foot on the plate demonstratively and his helmet on the ground demonstratively, and the two met, with every other teammate, somewhere near second base, which I know because the cameras caught that, and the players were bouncing and Gallo’s helmet probably still was too and the scoreboard was permitted to stop at Thirteen, and at Texas 1, Kansas City 0.

And that’s this morning’s edition of Today in Triskaidekaphilia.

 

Tony Gutierrez/AP

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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