Ladies and Gentlemen, Shin Soo Choo!
A walk off single by Choo in the bottom of the 11th scored Leonys Martin to move the Rangers to two games above .500.
In the hunt- The Rangers are now tied for the second AL Wild Card spot, and while that still seems far fetched as a long-term goal, who would have thought that would be a reality a month ago?
Rookies get respect- Both Gallo and DeShields were intentionally walked during extra innings. This will not be the last time Gallo will be walked in key situations.
Leonys is coming around- In what could be a huge step for the team, Leonys Martin is suddenly hitting and is in a position to return to consistent playing time due to the injury to Josh Hamilton. His 3-5 night lifted his season batting average to .241, but he has 10 hits in his last 6 games. However, there were some questions about his defensive effort early in the game (I'm hoping maybe he just lost/misread the ball?).
Yovani Gallardo salvaged his night- He threw 28 pitches in the first inning, but did not allow a run. This theme continued as Yovani made it through six innings without allowing an earned run while only giving up 3 hits.
Gallo has issues on D- The Rangers committed a junior varsity four errors on the night, two of them by Gallo on his first two big league opportunities.
Rangers continue to recover- Matt Harrison completed his first rehab start last night, throwing 78 pitches over 5 innings while allowing 2 runs. Derek Holland will have an MRI tomorrow to determine if he is ready to begin throwing off of a mound this weekend.
Everyone believes- If you look at the first people off of the bench to celebrate the walk off, you will see nothing but the smiling faces of Neftali Feliz and Yu Darvish (who provided the waterworks). This squad is all in.