Texas Rangers' Top Moments from the Month of June
It wasn't the best month, but the Texas Rangers were able to finish June with a .500 record, going 14-14.
As the Rangers look back, they suffered a six-game losing streak that ended on June 16. They were also able to win five games in a row from the 19th to the 23rd. During the first half of the month, three consecutive series losses raised the question, "Is it time to hit the panic button?"
But, not all was bad. Leonys Martin busted out a hot bat, ending June with a 14-game hit streak. Derek Holland pitched an outstanding game against the Yankees going all nine innings. And, Joe Nathan went 11-11 on save opportunities.
With these highlights and more, take a look back at the top moments from the month of June.
Jurickson Profar Homers in Series Win
The beginning of June started with a series win against the Kansas City Royals. Jurickson Profar helped secure the Game 3 win with a home run in the eighth inning, breaking the tie.
Profar's home run traveled 386 feet off of J.C. Gutierrez. Profar went on to homer only one more time in the month June.
Adrian Beltre Hits Go-Ahead Home Run
Adrian Beltre delivered a go-ahead home run to break the tie in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. The blast went 361 feet off a ball from reliever Neil Wagner. The Rangers went on to win the game, the only win against the Blue Jays this season.
Following Beltre's home run, David Murphy hit a home run of his own the next inning. At the time, the Rangers avoided a sweep and snapped a three-game losing streak. However, they went on to lose six games in a row shortly after.
Joe Nathan Collects His 10th Save in a Row
In Game 2 of the Yankees series, Joe Nathan entered the bottom of the ninth inning to collect the save. After blowing a save at the end of May, Nathan went on to collect 11 straight saves spanning throughout the month of June. This one highlighted here was his 10th in a row.
Joe Nathan looks to continue this streak well into July. How many more games can he go without blowing a save?
Leonys Martin Homers Twice Against the New York Yankees
Leonys Martin took advantage of the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium by taking two pitches deep against against the New York Yankees. In a game that featured six home runs, Martin hit one in the third inning traveling 357 feet and one in the fifth inning traveling 383 feet.
It was a great month for Martin who ended June on with 14-game hit streak. How far can he extend the streak in July?
Rangers End June with a Win
The Rangers won the last game in June against the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 3-2. They took the series and ended the month going 14-14. The Rangers ended June getting back on track and winning 10 of their last 13.
In the game, Yu Darvish went 6.2 innings and threw 117 pitches. He collected his first win of June and his first win in eight starts. Joe Nathan was perfect in getting the save, his 11th in a row.
Derek Holland Tosses a Gem Against the New York Yankees
Derek Holland came in the clutch for the Rangers who were looking for the series win in New York. The lefty tossed a complete game allowing two hits and striking out seven Yankees. Jurickson Profar homered in the game and Phil Hughes was credited with the loss.
It was a nice game for Holland as he's now pitched 14.2 scoreless innings. How many more innings in July can Holland go without allowing a run?
Rangers Sweep Cardinals
For the first time since the 2011 World Series, the Rangers visited St. Louis for a three-game series. It was an exciting series as the Rangers swept the Cardinals. Game 1 was won by a score of 6-4, Game 2 was won 2-0 with a Martin Perez win, and Game 3 was won 2-1 after rain delayed the start.
It didn't quite make up for the World Series loss, but the Rangers definitely left St. Louis with a much better taste than the last time. Could the Rangers be in for another visit come this October?
Game-Winning Play at the Plate
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Seth Smith of the Oakland Athletics roped a single into center field. Center fielder Craig Gentry picked up a ball that ricocheted off his body. Gentry then threw the ball to Elvis Andrus who tossed a perfect ball to A.J. Pierzynski at home. Pierzynski placed the tag on Josh Donaldson and the Rangers won the ball game 4-3.
This was a huge play that gave the Rangers an important series win against the division rival. Take a look back at game with the Live Blog here.