The Texas Rangers' Top 10 Moments from the Month of May
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The month has been filled with high and lows. High: taking three of four from the Detroit Tigers. Low: losing three straight games.
Throughout the month, the one thing that remained the same was the competition and consistency from the AL West leaders. They went 17-11 in May with a 34-20 overall record, second in MLB.
From Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus to Justin Grimm, take a look back at the competitive, fun and most memorable moments from the month of May.
May 10: Nelson Cruz's Boomstick in Houston
Nelson Cruz launches a baseball into orbit (via MLB).
Nelson Cruz busted out his fabled "boomstick" to launch this 431-foot blast to right field. Not only was it eye-pleasing to watch the ball leave the park, but the ball may not have ever landed.
This ball left the yard in the sixth inning. The slugger helped tie up the game in which the Rangers went on to win 4-2.
May 30: Mitch Moreland's Home Run Hits Top of the Foul Pole
Mitch Moreland hits a two-run home run off the foul pole (via MLB).
A great way for May to reach an end was with this majestic two-run home run by Mitch Moreland against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Moreland caught fire at the end of April and continued his hot hitting all throughout May. He hit .300 with eight home runs and 16 RBI this month.
May 31: Ron Washington Goes for Adrian Beltre's Head
Wash tries to take off Beltre's helmet (via YouTube user Tom Bachonski).
Beltre went 4-4 with a home run on the last day in May. With the oddity of the touching of Beltre's head and gifs sweeping the Internet in May, Ron Washington had to get in on the fun.
After Beltre hit his home run in the seventh, the skipper tried to snag Beltre's helmet for his torment.
May 16: Was Darvish Left in Too Long?
Highlights from Yu Darvish versus the Detroit Tigers (via MLB).
In the highly anticipated Darvish versus Verlander matchup, Darvish outlasted Verlander by going eight innings pitched, striking out six and throwing 130 pitches. With the game clearly out of reach heading into the seventh and eighth innings, Darvish's pitch count broke the century mark.
Manager Ron Washington chose to leave Darvish in stating, "I don't think I put him at risk."
May 26: Profar Leads off Game with a Home Run
Profar starts the game with a home run in Seattle (via MLB).
With Elvis Andrus sitting to start the game, Jurickson Profar got the nod as the leadoff hitter for the Rangers. Profar didn't disappoint, launching a 2-2 pitch into the right field stands in Seattle.
Profar's only hit of the game was his first home run of the season. The No. 1 prospect showed his versatility in the lineup while putting the Rangers atop in the first.
May 5: Rangers Complete Sweep of Red Sox
Rangers sweep AL leading Red Sox (via MLB).
Behind Yu Darvish's dazzling 14 strikeout performance, the Texas Rangers overcame an early three-run deficit to complete the sweep of the Boston Red Sox.
The dramatics came in the the ninth inning with two outs and runners on first and second. Adrian Beltre delivered a game-winning single to right center, and the Rangers swept the AL leading Red Sox.
May 16: Rangers' 3rd Inning vs. Verlander
Rangers take large lead versus Verlander in the third (via MLB).
It was a memorable third inning of baseball, as the Tigers scored three runs in the top half of the third.
However, the Rangers answered right back with seven runs in the bottom portion, including a two-run double by Mitch Moreland and a three-run blast by Geovany Soto.
May 25: Beltre vs. Andrus
Beltre attacks after Andrus touches Beltre's head in between innings (via MLB).
The Beltre saga continues on this countdown. On May 25 at Seattle, Elvis Andrus went to touch Adrian Beltre's head during a pitching change. Beltre responded by heaving his glove at Andrus, who was running away.
The very next pitch, Seattle's Kyle Seager popped out to Beltre, who was waving and smacking Andrus out of the way. See the gif here.
May 14: Beltre and Moreland Carry Rangers in Extras vs. A's
Rangers beat A's in Extras (via MLB).
A huge win came for the Rangers on this Tuesday in May, as they beat the Oakland A's in extra innings.
Tied up at four in the 10th, Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run, and two batters later, Mitch Moreland hit an important insurance, solo blast.
Joe Nathan entered the game getting the tough save. After giving up an RBI double to Seth Smith, Nathan intentionally loaded the bases to strike out Daric Barton and to get Eric Sogard to ground out to end the game.
May 24: Grimm Snags Ball from Moreland to Turn Phantom Double Play
The old 3-6-1 phantom double play (via MLB.com).
With one out in the second inning, Jesus Sucre laced a ground ball to Mitch Moreland. Moreland fired the ball to Andrus, who tossed it back in Moreland's direction.
At first view, Moreland made the catch. However, after a second glance on replay, Justin Grimm caught the ball before it reached Moreland's mitt.
The ump clearly missed the call, and the play went in the book as a 3-6-1 double play.