ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 24: Starting pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Texas Rangers is pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees on July 24, 2013 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
Four errors in one inning. Four defensive errors by infielders in one inning. That's something that had never happened in Texas Rangers history. That is, until Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels in a must-win game.
After the Rangers bounced back from a 1-0 deficit after the top of the first to score three runs, it looked like they'd be well on their way to beating the beatable Angels pitcher, Jerome Williams.
Then, disaster struck for the Rangers in the second inning when they committed four errors that allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate after Rangers starter Matt Garza had gotten two quick outs and looked to be well on his way to a shutdown inning. Instead, he left the inning with a 4-3 deficit and was nearing 50 pitches through just two innings.
But Garza gutted it out and lasted into the sixth inning as the Rangers got a walk-off home run off the bat of 20-year-old Jurickson Profar to end the game and keep the Rangers' ever-dwindling playoff hopes alive.
Garza is hoping to get another start in a Rangers uniform this season before he hits free agency in the winter. And he ensured that was still a possibility on Thursday night by hanging tough when he deserved better.