Jurickson Profar: I acted scared to see same pitch
|Jurickson Profar tells ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that he feigned being scared at an inside pitch so he could see it again and deliver a go-ahead RBI in the Rangers' win. |
Sure enough, Profar took the next offering in the same area down the right-field line for an RBI double that put the Rangers ahead in the 4-2 win in Tampa.
"I was acting like I was scared so he could throw the same pitch," Profar told ESPN Dallas 103.3's Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks after the win. "He did, and I got a good swing on it."
The double scored pinch runner Leonys Martin, who filled in on the bases after Rangers catcher Geovany Soto hit a two-out double himself off the wall in right-center.
Having already grounded into a hard-hit double play in the fifth on a great stop at second base by Ryan Roberts, Profar approached the at-bat against Farnsworth with confidence.
"As soon as Geo hit that double, I was thinking, we got him," he said.
Profar, who made his first start at shortstop Saturday, has cooled off a tad since becoming the youngest player in AL history to homer in his first at-bat last Sunday against Cleveland. He has three hits in nine at-bats (.333) with two doubles and two RBIs. He struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday's extra-innings loss to the Rays and added another strikeout Saturday.
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