The 2013 version of the Texas Rangers doesn't always win pretty, but at times, they sure can be exciting in the end. Tonight, the Rangers watched Tanner Scheppers blow a 4-2 lead before coming through in the bottom of the 9th with yet another walk-off win. It also marked the second time this season we've seen the Elvis bat-flip. The occasion? A walk-off sacrifice fly.
Derek Holland was mostly sharp until being hit in the forearm with a line drive. While he walked two straight batters at that point, he clarified that he is not injured and that in the moment, the adrenaline from the ball coming toward him lent a hand in his inability to refocus. Nonetheless, he remains by and far the most consistent starter on the staff, and I'm left to wonder what his final line might have looked like if he could have simply calmed down a bit.
We can only hope that the absolute brain-fart suffered by Tanner Scheppers is not indicative of more to come, as he looked totally out of sorts. After recording two outs in the bottom of the eigth inning following a double play, Scheppers allowed a single, a wild pitch, a walk, another single, and then hit two straight batters, the second being Max Stassi, a pitch that hit Stassi in the face and tied the game.
Whatever the case may be with Scheppers, the Rangers survived another day, and ended up 2.5 games up on Oakland in the AL West. After an off day tomorrow, Texas heads to Chicago with that margin to start a series on Friday against the White Sox.
It's nights like tonight that I'm really glad the Rangers extended Elvis Andrus. Yeah, he hasn't had the best overall season, but he's so much fun to watch more often than not.