Alex Rios continues his streak


May 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (51) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit – Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios entered today’s game with a 7-game hitting streak.   He has easily been one of the hottest bats for the Rangers extending back to last September.

Today, Rios was able to beat out a play at first base for an RBI single.

Watch the play here.

It was a very close play and I wasn’t the only one who thought that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus would challenge the play.  Guess since it was close and still in the first inning he didn’t want to risk losing his challenge.

Check out how close it was.  Here is a frame just before Rios reached base.

Here is the very next frame in the replay.  It’s easy to understand why Ausmus didn’t challenge the play.  Either way, it was very close.

How hot has Rios been? First of all he’s extended his hitting streak to 8 games.  Also, Rios has multiple hits in 5 straight games, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 5 RBI.  Over those 5 games he is 11 for his last 24 at-bats.

Overall, for the Rangers he leads the team in batting average at .319, RBI at 29 and triples with 5.  Also, Alex Rios leads the majors with 5 triples.  Rios has been a huge addition to the team after the Nelson Cruz suspension.  He was key to the Rangers forcing game 163 against the Tampa Bay Rays last year, hopefully he’ll continue to play like this and help the Rangers on another playoff run.