With two outs and the game on the line, Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler knew one thing Tuesday. He knew he'd get the best slider Ervin Santana had to offer. Or at least the best he had to offer having already logged more than 125 pitches. And when he finally got one, he did just what he needed to do. He lifted a ball over the infield for a two-out, two-strike, two-run single that was the biggest blow in a huge 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels . The Rangers have pushed their lead in the AL West to a season-high seven games. "I was thinking slider the whole at-bat," Kinsler said. "But I was on it and I think he knew I was on it and he didn't want to throw it until he had me set up. When he did, I just tried to get the barrel of the bat on the ball." Though he was 0-for-4 in his first four at-bats on Wednesday, Kinsler did have a point. In the past, he's hurt Santana as bad as any Ranger. He was 17-for-40 (.425) with seven extra-base hits and three walks. He's seen and recognized Santana's slider.
Ian Kinsler: 'I was on his (Ervin Santana's) slider, and I think he knew I was on it'
Dallas Morning News | Aug 19