I have to admit, I was pretty worried there for a while. Shortly after Nomar Mazara hit his 20th dinger of the year and the Rangers took a 5-3 lead, I couldn't help but think that a win might not be in the cards for Texas tonight.
Luckily the Angels scored a run in the top of the 6th and I let out a sigh of relief. It was a one-run game again. That's a guaranteed Rangers victory.
If you are curious about what happened in the game, this is all you need to know:
Can't. Stop. Watching. https://t.co/ud3S5VUbtV— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) September 21, 2016
The Magic Number is now down to 2. The Rangers are 90 game winners for just the eighth time in franchise history (five of those have come under Jon Daniels' watch, by the by). Mike Scioscia's face is permanently disgruntled.
Player of the Game: Nick Martinez had his 2016 moment in the sun, even though it was a game played at night. With all semblance of command escaping starter A.J. Griffin, Martinez was called upon with two out in the 2nd inning with the bases loaded and three runs already in. Martinez got the final out of the inning and stopped the bleeding which allowed the Rangers to come back and beat the Angels tonight.
On the night, Martinez went 3 1/3 innings of relief while allowing just one hit and a walk and made that ridiculous play seen up above there that made Scioscia's brain implode.
Martinez was kind of the A.J. Griffin of last season for the Rangers as he provided critical BORP-y innings for a team bereft of starting pitching. It's been a rough year for Martinez in 2016 so I was happy to see him get a win for the club tonight and earn a place on the season highlight reel.
Up Next: Texas will be looking for a sweep as the Rangers and Angels close out their 2016 slate against each other with a match-up between Derek Holland and Jered Weaver. Of course, at the end, it would be Weaver. It's always Weaver. At least Weaver's home Disney rock formation magic doesn't work in Arlington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.