The Hot Corner | Rangers Sweep Seattle

Rangers Sweep Seattle
Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) scores a run as Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh (29) cannot make the play in the first inning at Globe Life Field. | Image by Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers returned home for a three-game series while other local teams continued their seasons over the weekend.

Here is what happened on the field and behind the scenes.


Texas Rangers (38-20, first in American League West)

Last Games: Rangers 2, Seattle Mariners 0; Rangers 16, Mariners 6; Rangers 12, Mariners 3

The Rangers swept the Mariners over the weekend as the offense continued to produce at a high-scoring rate. Rangers’ batters greeted the Mariners’ starter Bryan Woo with six earned runs in the first two innings of his career Saturday while hitting four home runs off Seattle pitching. Jonah Heim and Corey Seager carried the 12-run effort on Sunday, while Jon Gray held Seattle to three hits on Friday.

Noteworthy: The Rangers are off to their best start in franchise history at 38-20 and lead the AL West by three and a half games. Texas trails only Tampa Bay for the best record in the MLB.

— Marcus Semien’s hitting streak has reached 23 games, the longest in the majors this season.

— Manager Bruce Bochy earned his 2,041st career win on Sunday, passing Walter Alston for the 10th-most victories by an MLB manager.

Next Up: St. Louis Cardinals (25-35) at Rangers, 7:05 p.m. CT Monday



Frisco RoughRiders (22-28, fifth in Texas League South Division, eighth in AA Texas League)

Last Games: RoughRiders 8, San Antonio Missions 7 (10 innings); Missions 6, RoughRiders 4; RoughRiders 8, Missions 7

The RoughRiders won two of three over the weekend. Thomas Saggese’s ninth-inning grand slam helped the RoughRiders rally to force extra innings and end a three-game losing streak against San Antonio on Friday night, while a five-run fourth inning helped them earn the second win on Sunday. Outfielder Tirso Ornelas delivered a two-run single to help San Antonio pull out a win on Saturday.

Noteworthy: Frisco improves to 4-5 in series finales in 2023.

— Saggese’s grand slam was the seventh hit by the RoughRiders this season, the most in Minor League Baseball. He leads the team with 34 RBIs.

— Frisco reliever Alex Speas has a 0.93 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

Next Up: RoughRiders at Corpus Christi Hooks (25-26), 6:35 p.m. CT Tuesday



Dallas Wings (3-3, third in Western Conference)

Last Games: Washington Mystics 75, Wings 74; Connecticut Sun 80, Wings 74

The Dallas Wings have lost two of their last three games. After trailing most of Friday’s game against Washington, Dallas entered the fourth quarter with a two-point lead, but Elena Delle Donne and Ariel Atkins led Washington to a win in the final minutes. The Wings tried to come back once again in the second half of Sunday’s game but were held off by Connecticut.

Noteworthy: Satou Sabally scored 26 points while grabbing 14 rebounds in Sunday’s loss, earning her fourth double-double of the season and scoring at least 20 points for the fourth time.

— Guard Arike Ogunbowale was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for May. She is averaging 21.2 points per game this season and only has one game with less than 10 points.

Next Up: Phoenix Mercury (1-3) at Wings, 7 p.m. CT Wednesday



FC Dallas (6-5-5, fourth in Western Conference)

Last Game: Nashville SC 2, FC Dallas 1

FC Dallas started the game poorly as Nolan Norris kicked the ball into his own net to give Nashville a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the match. Jader Obrian tied things up for Dallas at the 25-minute mark, and Hany Mukhtar netted the game-winner with just 13 minutes of regular time remaining.

Noteworthy: FC Dallas remains fourth in the Western Conference but is now tied with the San Jose Earthquakes with 23 points.

Obrian is now tied for second on the team with goals with two.

Next Up: Portland Timbers (4-5-7) at FC Dallas, 9 p.m. CT Sunday

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