Number 1 moment
Friday September 23rd, the Texas Rangers have their first opportunity to clinch the A.L. West.
For the second consecutive year they send starting Ace Cole Hamels to the mound to secure it. Now Hamels had been less than stellar for the month of September by posting an ERA of 5.86 overall now.
Hamels hit the mound against the Oakland A’s and Kendall Graveman. Graveman would look perfect through 6 innings taking a perfect game into the 7th inning for the A’s. All of that changed when the two veterans of the team decided enough was enough and it was time to stack some runs. After Carlos Gomez singled, Ian Desmond singled and Gomez’s aggressive base running got him to 3rd base, Carlos Beltran ended up grounding out for the first RBI of the game.
Now with Ian Desmond on 2nd, the captain Adrian Beltre belted a 2 shot homer to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. That was all the Cole Hamels and the Rangers needed as they would clinch the A.L. West while Hamels recorded his 15th win, Matt Bush his 20th hold, and Sam Dyson his 36th save. Hamels eased Ranger fans worries and reminded us all why he is the teams Ace.