Vlad's single keeps win streak alive
June, 24, 2010
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Vladimir Guerrero's RBI single to left drove in Elvis Andrus with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rangers a 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh.
The win extended the Rangers' win to 11 games. This happened after the Rangers rallied from a 4-0 deficit.
*Josh Hamilton sure doesn't look like he's playing with a tight hamstring. Hamilton, who before the game said his hamstring isn't an issue (even though his manager said he didn't know anything about it), had three hits, two doubles and was running all over the bases and the field. Hamilton extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games. He's driven in 24 runs during this stretch and hittting .500. It's the second longest hit streak in the majors this season. In the month of June, Hamilton is hitting .488 with eight home runs and 26 RBI.
*Scott Feldman struggled in the first inning on Thursday night, allowing four runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Feldman settled down after that, and when his night was over he lasted six innings, pitched to one hitter in the seventh, allowed five runs on 12 hits, all earned. He walked one and struck out seven, throwing 104 pitches.
"They made me work and got 12 hits against me," Feldman said. "They were doing something right."
Feldman had won his last two starts and is 3-1 in June. This is the first time, Feldman left a game trailing since June 7 against Seattle. He noted last week in Houston that's when things started to change for him. After that start, Feldman won his last two starts and when he left the Rangers led, 3-0 and 9-3.
*This is the fifth time this season the Rangers won in walk-off fashion. It was also the second time this season that Guerrero won a game like this. His 12th-inning single on May 13 beat Oakland. It was also the 13th walk-off hit of his career. Guerrero said he got the base hit off a change-up. Steven Jackson threw four consecutive change-ups to Guerrero before he found one he liked.
*Darren Oilver was strong out of the bullpen. He matched a season-high with two scoreless innings facing five batters, getting a double play and a strikeout. He relieved Feldman in the seventh with a man on. He got Neil Walker to bounce into a 3-6-3 double play and retired Andrew McCutchen on a flyout to left field. In the eighth, Oliver had no problems, retiring the Pirates in order.
"He's been a savior, he really has," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He just comes in and throws strikes, makes his pitches, that's a veteran right there. You can tell he's been in people's bullpens before."
Oliver has made eight consecutive scoreless appearances, retiring 25 of the last 27 hitters he's faced.
*The win streak is the longest in the majors this season and second longest in team history. The Rangers had a 14-game win streak in 1991. In an interesting note, all 11 games have come against the NL, making it the third-longest in interleague history.
"I think the reason we're so excited about it is just the way we're doing it, we're playing hard," Michael Young said. "We come to work every day and we're playing hard. That's the most fun for me is just to be apart of a team with that lunch pail mentality."