Taylor Hearn earned his first victory of the season after defeating the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves.
Sunday afternoon was the best start we’ve seen from Hearn over his short two-year Major League career and he did it in front of the biggest crowd in Globe Life Field history.
Hearn found success attacking an all-world Braves’ lineup early and often while getting himself out of a few different self-imposed jams as Texas held on to win, 7-3.
Taylor Hearn's sister asked him a question during the postgame interview.
He went on to give the most wholesome answer ever. pic.twitter.com/dZFX9PV73g
— MLB (@MLB) April 12, 2022
Coming into Sunday, the Rangers had lost five consecutive home games started by Hearn.
He had an 0-4 record with an 8.02 ERA allowing 19 earned runs in 21.1 innings over that span but finally got that elusive win.
Hearn started off the game by striking out four batters in the first two innings, including All-Stars Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson.
A second inning RBI groundout by Marcus Semien gave Hearn his first lead of the game, and he never let it go.
Trouble came to his doorstep for the first time during the third inning where the Braves began with runners on second and third base with no one out.
After again striking Acuna out, Hearn would give up his only two runs of the game but did a nice job not letting the inning get out of hand.
A misplayed ball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning broke the game open for Texas, finally giving Hearn the run support and cushion he had yet to receive this season, let alone his entire time with the Rangers.
After a clean top of the fourth inning, Hearn started the fifth inning with runners on first and second with no one out.
Atlanta was on the ropes and looking at what was its only chance to get back into the game, but Hearn denied the Braves efforts by rolling up a double play ball and closing his outing with his sixth strikeout of the game to tie a season high.
Taylor Hearn, Wicked 86mph Slider…and Sword. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/dXVt7dJuWM
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 16, 2022
Hearn tied a season-high, going five innings giving up four hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six batters to earn his first win since September 12, 2021.
This was a nice bounce back game for Hearn, who suffered his second loss of the season earlier in the week in a game against the Houston Astros. Hearn threw a then-season-high five innings and 84 pitches.
His first three innings were solid as he only allowed one run on two hits before running into trouble during a 24-pitch fourth inning where he gave up his first home run in 20.2 consecutive innings at home.
Hearn’s record now stands at 1-2 this season with an 6.53 ERA and 24 strikeouts. His next start will most likely be Sunday afternoon when the Rangers travel to New York to take on the Yankees.