J.P. Arencibia has had a historically bad season as a Texas Ranger — his stints with the big club being separated by months and on his second try to stick right now after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock last week to give first base a shot with the Rangers stocked at the catcher position.
Arencibia, whose one trick has always been his power, still isn't hitting well, but on Tuesday night he did hit his second home run since his promotion on Friday, which account for two his three hits since his return.
Now, Arencibia is batting a cool .139 with a .186 on-base percentage, three homers and 10 RBIs. He now has more total bases (23) than strikeouts (20), so hey, progress?
Anyway, Arencibia seemingly ended the Rangers' marathon game in The Bronx on Tuesday night when his 13th-inning blast broke a scoreless tie, but that wasn't his only good moment of the night. In the bottom of the 13th with the Yankees threatening to end it after they'd already tied the game off closer Joakim Soria, Arencibia fielded a hot shot to first and started a 3-6-4 inning-ending double play.
"I'm just glad I made it," Arencibia, who made his fourth start at first base on Tuesday night, told reporters. "I'm taking baby steps. Catch the ball, make the throw."
He still might go down as the worst Ranger in recent memory, but hey, for one night, he was pretty OK.