Angels vs. Rangers Video: Watch Texas Sweep LA with 3 Walk-Off Home Runs
Teams usually consider themselves lucky if they're able to hit a few walk-off home runs over the course of an entire season. The Texas Rangers, though, did a season's worth of walking off in their three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels this week, ending all three contests with a Ranger going yard.
It all started on Monday as Texas trailed the Angels 3-2 heading into the ninth inning. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a home run off L.A. closer Ernesto Frieri to tie the game before backup catcher Geovany Soto came up with a solo blast to left field to secure the win for Texas.
Tuesday's win may have been even more dramatic, as extra innings were needed in order to settle the score. With two men on base in the 10th inning, outfielder Leonys Martin showed a tremendous amount of power as he took Angels pitcher Daniel Stange deep to the opposite field. Martin's walk-off homer landed just inside the left field foul pole, just like Soto's one night earlier.
The Rangers were once again in prime position for a walk-off celebration on Wednesday, but few could have imagined that Texas would turn the trick for a third consecutive night. Angels hurler Michael Kohn gave Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre a pitch to drive, though, and he clobbered it into the left-field seats to give the Rangers a three-game sweep in the rarest of forms.
According to the Associated Press and Elias Sports, the Detroit Tigers were the last team to win three straight games via walk-off homers, back in 2004. No team has swept a series with three walk-off bombs since the Arizona Diamondbacks overpowered the Montreal Expos in May 1999, however.
Not only were Texas' walk-off wins important from a novelty perspective, but they were very much needed in terms of the playoff race as well. The Rangers trail the Oakland Athletics by four games in the AL West race, but they are just a half game behind the Cleveland Indians for the second and final wild-card spot.
Texas is in an absolute battle with the likes of Cleveland, the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees for that ever-important playoff spot, so its late-game power surge couldn't have come at a better time.
It's difficult to imagine the Rangers continuing their late-inning heroics to the same degree moving forward, but their confidence has to be through the roof after winning three straight contests in thrilling fashion.
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