Editor's Note: Before we shift our complete focus to the 2013 season, let's take a quick look back at 10 memorable moments -- games, signings, events -- from the 2012 campaign. By memorable, we mean both good and bad moments. And we've now reached our top 3.
Moment No. 3: Texas makes a remarkable comeback on Aug. 1 vs. Angels
In the middle of the third game of a four-game series with the Angels, it appeared momentum had completely shifted. The Angels, trying to climb out of an early hole in the AL West, had taken the first two games of the series and led by six over a Rangers team that had been inconsistent the previous two months.
A loss would have put the Angels just two games back of the Rangers with two months to play. And it might have altered the look of the division down the stretch, too. But Texas' offense clawed falling behind behind 6-0 after the top of the third. It was a slow crescendo as the bats started swinging and slowly began to gain ground.
It was a mixture of power and patience that made the difference. Nelson Cruz had a homer to get things going in the bottom of the 10th inning, but the Rangers took advantage of an error and got some critical walks -- like an 11-pitch version from David Murphy after he fell behind 0-2. They had productive outs and just kept coming. The crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington could sense it, too, getting louder as the game went along. Texas finally got the win in the 10th, as Elvis Andrus hit a double to score the winning runs.
What happened after that game, at least in the month or so following it, was interesting, too. The Angels lost 12 of the next 17, effectively putting them out of the hunt. They made another run late with a good September, but a rough August combined with a tough September essentially ended their hopes. Texas went back in front in the AL West by as many as 6 1/2 games in August before eventually blowing a five-game lead with nine to play.
But in terms of dramatic games played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 2012, that's got to be the top victory for Texas. The players mobbed Andrus after the double and the club won 17 of the next 26. It was a momentum-swinging moment. No question about that.