Geovany Soto reeked of beer Monday night and he hadn’t consumed even a single drop. Yet Soto was drunk enough and a collective buzz was hitting the rest of his Texas Rangers teammates. That’s what a walk-off win can do for a struggling team. A.J. Pierzysnki started the ninth inning with a home run and Soto ended the game three batters later with a two-out moonshot that stayed fair and found the seats as the Rangers stunned the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-3. The general consensus in the high after the thrilling win is that those two hits could provide the spark that the Rangers’ beleaguered offense needs to turn around a season that has gone south since the All-Star break. “I was the happiest guy on the field” said Soto who received the customary beer shower reserved for walk-off heroes. “It felt awesome for the team to come from behind and win a ballgame like that. Sometimes these types of games give a team a boost and hopefully that will be the case.” The win snapped the Rangers’ four-game losing streak and gave them just their third win in 11 games to open the second half. Their first victory this season in 40 tries when trailing after eight innings came on the heels of a three-game sweep at Cleveland and a 45-minute team meeting to clear the air. Ian Kinsler moved to the third spot in the order in a lineup shakeup drove in the other two runs. The first on a two-out single in the sixth snapped the Rangers’ scoreless streak at 26 innings. But they were down 3-2 when Ernesto Frieri was summoned from the Angels’ bullpen to close out the game. Frieri has been anything but a sure thing this season much like the Rangers’ offense so something had to give. Pierzynski evened the score to start the inning swatting a 1-2 pitch 377 feet. Pierzynski who was the designated hitter also homered off Frieri in the ninth inning April 22 to break a 5-5 tie en route to a Rangers win.
Rangers hoping to seize momentum after walk-off win
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jul 30