What was expected to be a pretty high-scoring game for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins ended up a pitching duel between two very average starters.
And when the dust settled, the Rangers escaped with a 1-0 win to win their sixth game in eight tries thanks to a late, clutch hit from an unlikely source.
Luis Sardinas, who just turned 21 a couple of weeks ago, is a hot prospect in the Rangers' organization, but he's taken a back seat to a hotter one in Rougned Odor. On Wednesday, Sardinas got the start at second base and won the game for the Rangers with an RBI single to score Leonys Martin.
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True, Sardinas' opposite field stab most likely would've been caught by even an average defensive left fielder, but Josh Willingham isn't that, and he didn't catch it.
Sardinas is basically the last man on the Rangers' 25-man roster and is getting minimal playing time after the club decided the Josh Wilson/Donnie Murphy second base thing wasn't working and instead went with two 20-year-olds. And so far, it's working out nicely.