Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Kinsler: 'I was going to try to steal home'
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON -- One of the more interesting plays from Wednesday's 10-1 Rangers win occurred in the fourth inning with the Rangers up 1-0.
Ian Kinsler, at third base after alertly tagging up from second on a fly ball to center by Justin Smoak, started to home plate. A's pitcher Gio Gonzalez, clearly bothered by Kinsler, stopped his motion and threw wide of home, scoring Kinsler. The play was at first ruled an error on the pitcher, but was changed to a balk.
So was Kinsler simply bluffing, or was he serious about going home?
"I was going," Kinsler said. "I was going to try to steal home right there. He did something funky and threw it to the backstop. My angle showed me it was a balk all the way. I was gone. If he goes through with his windup, I'm going to steal home right there."
Kinsler said he watched Gonzalez during Ryan Garko's at-bat (with one out) and got his timing down.
"He would get his sign and he has that little pause in his windup before he picks up his leg and comes home, and I thought I had enough time to steal home," Kinsler said. "I wish he would have gone through with it. It would have been fun to see if I could have made it."
Gonzalez wasn't happy with himself after the game.
"If I'd stepped off and taken my time, I would have had him out easy, no doubt about it," Gonzalez said. "That was a free out I kind of gave away myself."
* The Rangers had five homers Wednesday, a season high and the most they've hit since bashing five against the Angels on Aug. 7, 2009.
* Elvis Andrus has a 12-game hitting streak.
* Max Ramirez hit his first homer of the season and had three hits. He also did a nice job handling Holland.