When the Rangers went down 3-0 to the Angels, in the top of the 5th inning, it seemed like yet another lost cause game where a Ranger starter had pitched just well enough to lose with the offense refusing do its part. After all, the Rangers hadn't scored a single run in 25 innings up to that point. How were they going to score the four they needed to win?
Maybe spurred on by the thought of having Ron Washington yell at them for another hour behind closed doors, or the possibility of being shipped to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton, the Rangers found their bats just in time to finish off a walk-off 4-3 victory.
For a few innings there, baseball was rad again.
Todd Wills has the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' much needed 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Angels even though he writes about Matt Garza "finally losing."
T.R. Sullivan recaps a win that compares favorably to August 1, 2012. However, it was also the first Ranger walk-off win via the home run since Josh Hamilton won a game with one swing on May 26 of last season.
Jeff Wilson's game story is all about momentum and the hope that the comeback last night can be parlayed into a long streak of success for a Ranger team that desperately needed something to go right.
Behind the DMN paywall, Gerry Fraley writes that after the Rangers hadn't scored in over 26 innings, and after utilizing small ball to finally get on the board, they turned to their old pal the home run when they needed it the most.
Mac Engel writes that Ron Washington is managing for his job over the next two months but won't go down without a fight. Dave Martinez's beard looks like it has a lot of fight in it. Just saying.
Sullivan provides an update on where things stand a couple of days before the Trade Deadline. It's same ol', same ol', really. The Rangers want to go big for an impact bat but the pickings are slim to nonexistent.
To that point, on the DMN blog, Fraley has quotes from Jon Daniels stating that the Rangers don't anticipate making another move before tomorrow's 3 p.m. deadline.
Sullivan's Notebook covers the corpses of Lance Berkman and Manny Ramirez, the reshuffled lineup, the final word on Tanner Scheppers' Punch-Out!!, and Colby Lewis nearing a return, among other items.
John Henry provides notes on Scheppers' incident in Cleveland, the ascension of Leonys Martin to the leadoff spot, and updates on Lewis and Matt Harrison.
Finally, MLB.com's William Boor previews tonight's contest between Derek Holland and the red hot Rangers versus old pal C.J. Wilson and the hated Anaheim Angels.