Extra Bases: Don't run on Leonys Martin


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Garza has been around the Texas Rangers for three weeks and can't believe opponents keep trying to take the extra base when center fielder Leonys Martin is involved.

Martin threw out two more runners in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving him 10 for the season. Both runners -- Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura -- made the second out of an inning at third base.

"I don't know why guys still run on him," Garza said. "That's what I said to the guys, 'why do they still run on him?' You have two of the fastest guys thrown out going first and third in Gomez and Segura.

"I'd just stopped running on him. I just stay. If the ball is anywhere near him, I'd just stay with one base. It's not even worth it. It's awesome to have that kind of arm out there."

The Brewers are a fast, aggressive team, much like the Rangers. The percentages say if you can get a runner to third with one out, do it. You'll score more often than not.

So it's arguable that Martin kept two runs off the scoreboard by throwing out Segura in the first inning and Gomez in the sixth inning. He may have saved more with the possibility for a big inning.

Martin kept his team in the game Wednesday, giving the Rangers a chance to rally from a 4-2 deficit in the seventh inning.

"That's a very aggressive team over there and they have some speed," Washington said. "They run the bases. Thank God that Martin had the opportunities and he was presented with the chance to execute those throws to the bag. They were huge. No telling what they could have gotten done if those guys had made it to third base."

WHAT'S UP NOW: Jean-Jacques Taylor opines about Rangers GM Jon Daniels and how he never panics. There's rapid reaction from Wednesday's 5-4 comeback win. Plus a post-game blog on Ian Kinsler delivering in the clutch.

ON DECK: The Rangers are off on Thursday before beginning a three-game weekend series against the Seattle Mariners.