CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 05: Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers celebrates hitting a solo home run in the 2nd inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
I turned on the Rangers’ game last night expecting the worst. Another injury. Temporary players with little or no future with the organization. And, most likely, a loss.
But what did I get? The awkward sights of Adam Dunn on the mound, and a 16-0 score. It just proves that, in baseball, anything can happen on any night.
It was as if the Rangers’ took out two months of frustration on their former pitcher John Danks and a team flirting with .500 and playoff hopes.
Robinson Chirinos with two homers? Colby Lewis with a six-hit shutout? A season-high in runs scored. Two hits, a walk and a run off the 6-6 Dunn in the 9th inning.
The largest shutout victory in Rangers’ franchise history? Surely we were dreaming in the midst of a nightmare, right?
The one victory will do little to right all the wrongs of 2014. Won’t yank the Rangers out of last place and likely won’t kick-start some consistent offensive explosion. It was just a quirky baseball aberration, but an enjoyable one indeed.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.