Texas Rangers: Elvis Left The Building And Still Made It Home
By Zach Edwards
These Texas Rangers are doing something special, throughout this season there has been an undeniable sense of confidence that they are never out of a game. After a series loss that had all 3 “aces” from the Rangers start games, Martin Perez provided a patented home outing capped off by Elvis Andrus scoring the winning run in walk-off fashion.
Martin Perez has had his best games at home this year for the Texas Rangers and he continued that with a 7 inning performance on 79 pitches (60 strikes), 4 hits, and only 2 earned runs. The most interesting stat from this performance was that he only had 2 strikeouts that happened back to back in the 4th inning.
After the 7th inning the game was tied up at 2 and on came Matt Bush who provided another great outing with a scoreless 1 inning while getting 3 batters to ground out on 14 pitches (10 strikes). The top of the 9th was for Sam Dyson who provided a scoreless inning only allowing one hit on 11 pitches (7 strikes).
Now to mention what went on with the offense. The Talented Rookie Nomar Mazara or “The Big Chill” belted his 19th hr of the season to give the Texas Rangers their first run of the game. The Rangers continued with that long ball when Elvis Andrus smoked a pitched over the center field wall. This bomb tied the game as they headed into the 8th inning and you just had a feeling that the Rangers were going to pull this win off again.
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That confidence was going to have to come without Manager Jeff Banister who had been ejected after arguing a call of a lodged ball in the 6th inning. A ball looked to sit under the padding in the outfield and was bobbled then played by Mazara who ended up throwing Yunel Escobar out at 3rd base. Escobar immediately through his hands up and a review was granted to the Angels who ended up getting Escobar put back on 2nd and ultimately scoring their 2nd run on a Mike Trout triple.
Without the stoic manager, the Texas Rangers kept their wits and went into the bottom of the 9th tied up and ready to take advantage of their opportunity. Elvis Andrus decided to start the rally off with a single, he was advanced to 2nd on a Carlos Gomez bunt to the pitcher in which he beat the throw to first.
The Scene was set for the Texas Ranger who has played the most this year, Ian Desmond. With a 1-2 count, Desmond belted a single into right field and the once speedy Andrus motored around 3rd base never thinking of slowing down. The throw home was slightly off target but it wouldn’t have mattered, Elvis was already slapping homebase and getting ready to join the mob around Desmond.
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The Texas Rangers created their 46th come from behind win and increased their record in 1 run games to 35-10. A Seattle Mariners loss to the Astros concluded the night and provide the Rangers with a magic number of 3!