The Hot Corner | Semien Continues Streak

Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) circles the base on a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. | Image by Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers and Frisco RoughRiders continued the 2023 baseball season Wednesday.

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


Texas Rangers (31-18, first in American League West)

Last Game: Rangers 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2

The Rangers won their second game in a row to take a three-game road series in Pittsburgh. Marcus Semien’s eighth home run of the year led a three-run first inning, while Pittsburgh scored both runs in the second. Pittsburgh had the tying run on third with just one out in the eighth, but Will Smith came out of the bullpen and got a flyout and a strikeout to end the threat.

Noteworthy: Texas stays in first place in the AL West with a three-game lead over the Houston Astros. The 31-18 start ties the team’s second-best start through 49 games in franchise history.

— Semien’s home run extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest current streak in the MLB. He is now hitting .299 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs on the season.

— Smith earned his 100th career save.

— The Rangers have an off-day on Thursday before returning to the field, as Jon Gray starts against Baltimore on Friday.

Next Up: Rangers at Baltimore Orioles (32-17), 6:05 p.m. CT Friday



Frisco RoughRiders (18-22, fourth in Texas League South Division, seventh in AA Texas League)

Last Game: Arkansas Travelers 6, RoughRiders 2

Ryan Garcia retired 16 batters in a row, but Arkansas pulled away with a four-run sixth inning and added another run on a throwing error in the eighth. Frisco’s first run came on a disengagement violation in the fourth, while Thomas Saggese knocked in Kellen Strahm with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Noteworthy: Garcia turned in his second straight quality start since allowing eight runs in less than three innings against Wichita on May 11.

— Frisco is now 7-9 when a starter lasts at least five innings this season.

— Rangers prospect Owen White takes the mound as the series continues on Thursday.

Next Up: RoughRiders at Travelers (26-15), 6:35 p.m. CT Thursday



Dallas Stars (Vegas leads series 3-0)

Noteworthy: Dallas is one loss from elimination as it enters Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against Vegas at home Thursday night.

— The Stars are 5-3 at home this postseason. A win on Thursday pushes the series to a Game 5 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

— The Stars have recalled forwards Mavrik Bourque and Rhett Gardner from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) after their playoff run ended in the third round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Next Up: Vegas Golden Knights at Stars, Game 4, 7 p.m. CT Thursday

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