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Rangers sac bunt in third, score 11 runs

Aug 19, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

Leonys Martin Getty Images

It was just the way Ron Washington drew it up.

Ian Kinsler, the Rangers’ No. 3 hitter, bunted two runners with none out in the bottom of the third with Texas up 2-1 on Houston tonight. An intentional walk to Adrian Beltre followed. Then came the 11 runs.


Here’s the whole gory inning:

Leonys Martin reaches on bunt single
Elvis Andrus singles
– Ian Kinsler sacrifices
– Adrian Beltre intentionally walks
A.J. Pierzynski singles (2 runs)
Alex Rios singles
Mitch Moreland doubles (2 runs)
Jurickson Profar walks
(Pitching change: Wade LeBlanc replaces Lucas Harrell)
David Murphy reaches on error (2 runs)
– Leonys Martin walks
– Elvis Andrus reaches on error (1 run)
– Ian Kinsler singles (2 runs)
– Adrian Beltre grounds out (1 run)
– A.J. Pierzynski singles (1 run)
– Alex Rios lines out

It was the biggest inning by any team this season (the previous high was nine runs), and none of it would have happened without the bunt. Maybe. Who really knows?

Well, I do know one thing: the Astros shouldn’t be intentionally walking hitters in the third innings of games. They especially shouldn’t have right-handed pitchers intentionally walk right-handed hitters to face left-handed hitters in the third innings of games (Beltre was also intentionally walked in the first. It kind of worked then, though the Rangers did score a run afterwards).

All 11 runs scored after that intentional walk. The Rangers ended up sending 15 hitters to the plate, only one of whom (Moreland) actually picked up an extra-base hit.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    How funny it is that Matt Garza is the benefactor of all those runs.

    Can’t wait to see Twitter tonight.

  2. chill1184 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I want video dammit!

    • tc4306 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:10 AM

      Funniest part was the three steals.
      Andrus stole 2nd and took third on the Kinsler sac fly.
      A.J struck out as Beltre took off for 2nd
      Corporan threw down and they had Beltre by ten feet.
      But Beltre stopped as Andrus took off for home.
      Villar, holding the ball, but still a couple of feet away from Beltre
      glanced toward home to see if he could get Andrus.
      When he turned his head, Beltre tiptoed around him and was safe at 2nd
      Andrus slid (or “slud”as Dizzy Dean would have said) into home without a throw.
      You really do want that video!

  3. australianrangersfan - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    fantastic inning!! Rangers powering to the playoffs.

  4. okwhitefalcon - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Every time a team sac bunts a SABR member dies a little inside.

    • eightyraw - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      SABR and sabremetrics aren’t that closely affiliated. SABR’s focus is more historical.

  5. modellforprez - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Houston come back baby please just give one more chance

  6. lewp - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    [mlbvideo id="29868187" width="400" height="224" /]

  7. lewp - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Or this,

  8. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Damn Chinese spambots. Must admit I do have a distrubing butt, though.

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