Extra Bases: Who's up for another walk-off?
August, 1, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Who's the pick for Thursday night's walk-off home run?
|Rangers catcher Geovany Soto joins Galloway and Company to discuss his walk-off home run against the Angels.
Geovany Soto. Leonys Martin. And Adrian Beltre, who provided more heroics Wednesday night, leading off the bottom of the ninth inning by crushing a home run to left field for a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
We're running out of options for who will beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night with a walk-off home run. Ian Kinsler? David Murphy? How about Elvis Andrus' first homer of the season being a walk-off?
The best news in all this is that Beltre could be emerging from the mini-slump he has been in since the All-Star break. Beltre was 7-for-13 with a home run and three RBIs in the three games against the Angels.
He was in the zone against Angels reliever Michael Kohn on Wednesday night, working a 2-2 count and getting his pitch.
"I wasn't sitting fastball," Beltre said. "I had faced him twice before. He likes his fastball. I was trying [to go] for a pitch I could put a good swing on over the middle of the plate, and I was lucky enough to hit it out of the ballpark."
The Rangers have to grind out victories with an offense that isn't as powerful as in years past. They did that against the Angels, winning three games in which they were trailing or tied going into the ninth inning.
"Our problem before wasn't grinding at-bats or grinding the ballgames," Elvis Andrus said. "It was about getting the key hit. This last series was a whole different approach and a whole different result."
MINOR MATTERS: High Class A infielders Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor, two of the Rangers' top prospects at the Myrtle Beach affiliate, are expected to be promoted to Double-A Frisco. That should put them in the lineup for Frisco rehab starts by Colby Lewis (Saturday) and Matt Harrison (Sunday).
rapid reaction off Wednesday night's third consecutive walk-off win over the Angels, plus blogs on how Martin Perez was able to neutralize Halos All-Star Mike Trout, and inside the Rangers' three victories in three nights on walk-off home runs.
ON DECK: The Rangers were scheduled for five consecutive Thursdays off in August, but they will play a makeup game against Arizona on Thursday night with an early start of 6:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Yu Darvish (9-5, 2.80 ERA) gets the start for the Rangers, while the Diamondbacks have changed starters and will go with right-hander Zeke Spruill (0-0, 2.08). Thursday's game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.