Rangers Score 11 Runs in 3rd Inning off Hapless Astros With No Home Runs
The Rangers stepped up to bat in the bottom of the third in a game that they led 2-1. The team was looking to put up a crooked number and expand its lead, but it never could've imagined what would happen next.
The inning started off like a normal inning, with Leonys Martin reaching first base on a bunt single. He then advanced to second on Elvis Andrus' single to center field.
Ian Kinsler decided to play small ball at that point, advancing the runners to second and third and recording the first out of the inning.
After Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a double play possibility, A.J. Pierzynski singled to right to score Martin and Andrus, advancing Beltre to second.
Alex Rios then singled to left to load the bases once again, Mitch Moreland doubled to deep center field, scoring Pierzynski and Beltre, while Rios stopped at third.
Jurickson Profar then walked to load the bases before Lucas Harrell was relieved by Will LeBlanc.
LeBlanc appeared to be able to get the Astros out of trouble, as the first batter he faced was David Murphy, who hit a sharp grounder to second.
However, instead of a double play, Murphy grounded into a fielder's choice that was accompanied by an error by shortstop Jonathan Villar, which scored Rios and Moreland and allowed Profar to reach second.
At the end of the play, no outs had been recorded, but Profar and Murphy stood on second and first, respectively.
Leonys Martin was up next, as the team batted around. He quickly walked to load the bases for Andrus.
Andrus then reached first on a throwing error by third baseman Matt Dominguez, which allowed Profar to score and advanced Murphy and Martin.
The bases remained loaded for Kinsler, who singled in Murphy and Martin. Andrus reached third on the play, while Kinsler made it to second on a heads-up play on the throw.
Beltre was up again, and he grounded out to shortstop, allowing Andrus to score. Pierzynski then singled home Kinsler before Rios lined out to end the inning.
When it was all said and done, the team scored 11 runs without a home run or a triple, recording six singles and one double, accompanied by three walks and two errors.
The play-by-play also looked a little something like this (h/t ESPN).
Rangers' 11-run 3rd inning is most by a team in 2013 and 1st time Rangers have scored 11+ runs in an inning since Sept. 26, 2009 vs Rays— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 20, 2013
The Rangers didn't need a big blow to score 11 runs, instead recording hit after hit and getting men on base.
They were also helped out by the pitiful Astros, whose two errors extended the inning long enough to allow another seven runs to score after LeBlanc induced a double play ball from Murphy that was botched.
Can you imagine what would have happened if the team didn't waste an out on Kinsler's bunt?
The 11 runs was more than enough for Matt Garza, who was able to pitch well enough to put the Rangers in a position to win the game. Garza also recorded his ninth win of the season and third as a Ranger in the 16-5 victory.
As the Rangers fight to secure a playoff berth, the team's offense will be key. Losing Nelson Cruz for 50 games hurts, but the addition of Rios has helped. We also saw today just how potent an offense that gets men on base can be—even without its best power hitter.
The Rangers simply put on a show on Monday, and the 11 runs scored in the third were the most in MLB since 2012.
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