The countdown continues with a couple of interleague matchups that the Rangers went a combined 4-1 in, including taking two of three against the reigning champions.
8. vs. Dodgers, June 15-16
Jun 16, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) is congratulated by teammates as he arrives home on his walk-off home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
This was the beginning of a four game set which would alternate between the two sites. Two in Arlington, two in LA. Texas took both of the games at home against the eventual NL west champions, winning 4-1 in the opener and 3-2 in the second game. Rougned Odor got three hits in the first game, including a two run single to propel the Rangers to victory. Yovani Gallardo threw seven scoreless innings to get the win. In the second game, Texas led 2-0 before Justin Turner hit a two run shot to tie the game in the top of the ninth for the Dodgers. Until then, Chi Chi Gonzalez had pitched a shutout and was going for a complete game. With the game tied at two, Robinson Chirinos launched a solo shot for his first career walk off homerun, getting mobbed by his teammates at the plate.
7. vs. Giants, July 31-August 2
The Rangers took two of three from the reigning champions, and got their first look at Cole Hamels. I was there for his first start, and it was interesting to say the least. There were moments where he looked absolutely unhittable, and others where he got taken deep that just made you scratch your head. But still, it was not his fault they lost this game, despite giving up two solo home runs and nearly giving up a third, would have been if not for a great play by Delino DeShields on a solid hit by Buster Posey. But with a 7-4 lead, Tanner Scheppers came in and the Giants pounced on him and came back to tie the game. Eventually the Giants would score twice in extras and win 9-7. But Martin Perez pitched arguably his best game the next day and the Rangers took the rubber match.
Come back tomorrow for the next two moments on the countdown.