Ian Kinsler takes unusual trip around bases
Wednesday night was one of those times. First of all, the offenses were uncommonly productive, with 22 runs and 33 hits combined in the Texas Rangers' 13-9 win over the Detroit Tigers.
One of the most unusual sequences was Ian Kinsler's trip around the bases in the eighth inning that produced an insurance run after the Tigers had scored four in the top of the inning to pull within 11-9.
Kinsler led off the frame with what looked to be an easy out on a popup to second. However, Detroit second baseman Ryan Raburn looked like he thought shortstop Jhonny Peralta had a beat on the ball. When Raburn realized it was his ball, he quickly lunged to his left on a diving effort but to no avail. Kinsler wound up on second and was awarded a double because Raburn never touched the ball.
"I think maybe once or twice before I've had something fall in like that," Kinsler said. "It's part of the game, and it's lucky. I'll take every single one of them."
But the weird plays didn't end there.
Elvis Andrus was attempting to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move Kinsler to third base, but the bunt was executed so well that third baseman Miguel Cabrera had to rush the throw, which ended up skipping in the dirt and pounding against the chest of first baseman Prince Fielder. Kinsler used his quick instincts and came all the way around from second to score.
"I was three steps around third when he made the throw to first," Kinsler said. "I had to stop for a second because if that ball hit him in the chest, it's an easy double play. ... As soon as the throw was down, I was gone."
And just like that, the Texas offense that seemed to score in every possible way at the beginning of the year was back. They did all on Wednesday night, and Kinsler's trip around the base paths in the eighth summed it all up.
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