Nelson Cruz ends it on Sunday afternoon
Nelson Cruz played the role of hero on Sunday with a walk-off homerun to defeat the Angels. Lone Star Dugout takes a glimpse back at that, and the rest of the past week of baseball.
With one swing of the bat Thursday afternoon in New York, Victor Diaz’s batting average shot up 44 points and his RBI total quadrupled. His pinch-hit grand slam of Yankee reliever Sean Henn in the 8th inning ended up being the icing on a cake of a 14 run afternoon against a Yankee team that has practically owned the Rangers for the past two seasons.
Also in that game, Brandon McCarthy pitched the latest in a string of rebound performances after a rocky first month or so as a Ranger. He held the Yankees to one run on just five hits and has now held opponents to only two runs in his last 11 1/3 innings of work.
In Friday’s loss to the Angels, Sammy Sosa connected for his 596th homerun off starter John Lackey. The blast closed the deficit to 6-3 and pretty much ruined any hope Lackey had at going the distance in the game for the Angels.The Lows
The Rangers shot themselves in the foot on more than one occasion last week with sloppy play and some costly errors: Five of them to be exact. And, with two more miscues in their dramatic win on Mother’s Day it brought their unfortunate total number of errors to a American League leading 35 for the season.
Player Of The Week
Mark Teixeira hit an even .400 (10-25) against the Yankees and Angels with 1 homer and 6 RBI.
Game Of The Week
Sunday, May 13th: Rangers 7, Angels 6
Because of the offensive outburst and cavalcade of uplifting moments last Thursday provided, I briefly considered giving this title to the 14-2 win against the Yankees. But if you’re a fan, then how could you not pick Sunday afternoon’s affair against the Angels as the Game of the Week? True, the Mother’s Day game-winner off Scot Shields into the seats just above the Rangers bullpen has yet to be viewed as the blast that turned Nelson Cruz’s season around. But if that blast, along with the stare-down initiating breaking ball that left the hand of Joaquin Benoit and hit Gary Matthews Jr. in the behind, both can be looked back on as turning points of the 2007 season - I think we’ll all be just fine with that.