Ian Kinsler, shown here on card number 171 of the 2005 Bowman set, has not been doing real well at the plate lately. It appears that he has been over aggressive and hasn't really been working the count. Most of the time that approach doesn't pay off. In fact, some people have opined that such an approach is what cost Kins an All-Star spot. It did the job last night though.
Kinsler started the game with a lead-off homer in the first inning. He ended it in the 12th inning with a walk-off homer off of former Ranger R.A. Dickey. In between he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. While the game ending home run was nice it would be even nicer to see more consistency. Kinsler's homers did help Texas avoid the sweep by Minnesota by putting them on top 5-3.
Also of note last night was David Murphy's performance. Murph was a late insertion into the lineup after Nelson Cruz was scratched with a fractured ring finger. David made the most of his opportunity as he went 3-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. His hits included a double. Amazingly, Murph picked up no RBI and didn't score a single run.
Also during last night's game Andruw Jones lost a home run to the instant replay. According to the announcers the shot was foul so no beef there. It was the first time in Arlington that instant replay has reversed a call.
Frank Francisco was unavailable last night because he was sick. Today the Rangers placed him on the DL for pneumonia. The way things are sounding he should be back on Sunday against the Royals.
Monday, July 20, 2009
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