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G113: Rangers walk off against Indians, 8-7

Tom Grieve: “That’s some kind of win right there!”
Early on, I thought this game was going to be a big offensive noisemaker, and a loss. After three innings, we were down 7-3. Derek Holland was pretty bad, didn’t make it out of the second inning, throwing 53 pitches, giving up six runs. Bah.
But we fought back, making it 7-5 in the 6th, and then tying the game 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth. The bottom of the ninth one was rather exciting, as it was a two run home run by Michael Young. I don’t think there’s ever a bad home run in the bottom of the ninth, even when you’re down 15 runs or so. :)
Anyway, in the bottom of the 11th, we scored on a pretty bizarre play to win. Elvis Andrus was on second base, and Josh Hamilton was at the plate. He hit a slow grounder to shortstop, one that wasn’t quickly picked up. Josh busted ass down the line, and beat it out, but all the time Elvis was running. Never stopped, kept running home, and the first baseman stalled just enough looking at the umpire at first, so that his throw home was just delayed enough to allowe Elvis to win the game. Walk off infield single.
If you click on the “MLB Link” above this text, and then on the video tab, you can see a highlight of this play. It’s quite cool to watch!

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