Sep 1, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder (right) is congratulated after hitting a first inning home run against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas Rangers will go as far as this offense wants to take them, period. So when the Rangers put up eight runs last night and did it in a variety of ways, that was a great sign to see. They got things going in the first with Prince Fielder hitting his 18th homer of the year, a two run shot on a 95 mph fastball. They then showcased an ability to flash some speed, as Shin-Soo Choo crushed one into the ally in right center field, scoring Delino DeShields from first.
Then the rest of the night belonged to Elvis. In the sixth inning, he lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring his good friend Adrian Beltre. But his knockout blow came in the seventh, when he lined a single into right field which cleared the bases and made it 7-4.
The thing I liked so much about the eight run outburst last night was the manner in which they did it. They showcased some pop with a Fielder homer and a double in the gap by Choo. But that isn’t a surprise to anyone who watched the Rangers this year as they have always had the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark. What I loved was the ability to go station to station, which is vital come late September and October.
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