The night before the Rangers had beaten the hapless Houston Astros, sweeping the 3-game series. The Angels are another story. They were looking to be spoilers, and all Ranger fans had good reason to bear them a special animus. For two former Rangers stalwarts, pitcher C.J. Wilson and outfielder Josh Hamilton, had gone for the money and signed fat contracts with these hated rivals in the AL Western Division.
I'm going to make a long story short. (You can follow the play by play in the link below.) It was a great baseball game. The Rangers came back to tie the game, surviving an inning in which they committed four errors, and then go ahead by a run . . . which they promptly gave back at the top of the very next frame. The game was tied going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Texas sent a pinch-hitter, Jurickson Profar, to the plate, and on a 1-1 count, he blasted the ball deep into the right-field stands. The crowd, as they say, went nuts. There is no sweeter treat in the game than a walk-off win. This was one of the best games I've ever seen. It was worth the wait. So the Rangers are still alive, even as I type this. They have won six in a row at this point, and we're now at the last game of the season. They have pulled into a tie for the playoff spot with Tampa. Fingers crossed all around.
|Jurickson Profar hitting his 9th inning walk-off home run to beat the Angels|