The Perseid meteor shower. A week without Jerry Jones saying something controversial. Mild temperatures in the 80s in mid-August. And, capping the strange, unique occurrences around Dallas-Fort Worth, walk-off wins by the Texas Rangers.
You know it’s been a rough season when you’re counting on clutch hits by players named Adam Rosales and Mike Carp. But it doesn’t make it any less jubilant when they produce.
Rosales authored his second walk-off RBI of Texas’ seven-game homestand, blooping a single over a drawn-in outfield to rally the Rangers past the Angels, 3-2, Sunday night in Arlington. It set off a mosh-pit celebration that have been all too rare in 2014. Earlier last week Rosales beat Tampa Bay with a bases-loaded walk.
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Trailing 2-1 against the team with the best record in baseball and against a closer (Huston Street) who hadn’t allowed a run since being acquired from the Padres in mid-July, the Rangers somehow scratched out a rally. Alex Rios singled to left and Adrian Beltre found a hole on the left side for another hit. Carp tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI single to center, setting the stage for Rosales.
Four consecutive singles. One amazing win.
Enjoy the sight while you can. It doesn’t happen on this team very often this season.
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.