Bringing back Josh Hamilton was one of the most memorable transactions of the season, and the Rangers getting back to the postseason also lands on the countdown.
4. vs. Red Sox, May 31
May 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) follows through on his two run walk off double against the Boston Red Sox during a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
I may be somewhat partial to this game because I was there, but this was a great game. It capped a series that took three of four from the Sox, and it got the Rangers over .500 for the first time all season. But the main reason that it goes up this high was because of Josh Hamilton. It was fairly shortly after he had been acquired and they brought him up to pinch hit in the ninth, down a run against Koji Uehara. With runners on first and second, Hamilton drilled one into the gap in center field and brought home the runner from second easily. With Prince Fielder on first, he hustled around the bases and I was sure he would hold at third. To my surprise, they waived him home. His batting helmet flew off as he chugged down the third base line and slid head first into home and beat the tag to win the game 4-3.
3. Game 2 ALDS at Blue Jays, October 9
Even though the series did not end as the Rangers would have hoped, this game was an absolute thriller. The Rangers scored twice in the top of the first, then led 3-1 before Toronto scored three straight to go up 4-3. In the eighth, Mike Napoli singled to right to score Delino DeShields to tie the game at 4 each. From there, neither team could get a run across until the 14th. In the top half of the inning, Hanser Alberto, who was filling in for the injured Adrian Beltre, used one of DeShields’ bats and it paid off. Rougned Odor came in to score and then DeShields reached on an infield single to score Chris Gimenez to put the Rangers up 6-4. Shawn Tollenson had already been used, so Ross Ohlendorf came in to finish it off, earning the save.
Come back Monday for the top two moments on the countdown.