We Have Liftoff
Sometimes you have to hit bottom to rise up again. After being swept by the Cleveland Indians over the weekend, including one loss in walk-off fashion, the Texas Rangers made franchise history by sweeping a three-game series from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with to back-to-back-to-back walk-off home runs.
It started Monday night when they came back from three runs down thanks to a timely home run in the ninth by A.J. Pierzynski to tie it at 3-3. Geovany Soto’s left field blast sealed the deal for a 4-3 walk-off.
Then Tuesday night, the Rangers squandered a 6-4 lead, going down 11-7. They rallied in the eighth and ninth to send it to extra innings where Leonys Martin hit a three-run shot to left field in the tenth for a 14-11 victory.
But the bats cooled down for the final game of the series. Going into the ninth, the teams were tied at 1-1 after a Josh Hamilton home run in the seventh. Then Adrian Beltre decided that one extra innings game a series is enough and blasted a shot to left field. Obviously.
The raucous celebration at home plate ended with Beltre losing his jersey as his teammates mobbed him.
The Rangers picked up two games on Oakland and now sit four games back of the division leaders. The Detroit Tigers were the last team to hit three walk-off home runs in a series when they did it in 2004.