Saturday, September 17, 2011
Offense shows Friday was exception, not rule
By Terry Blount
SEATTLE -- Remember that surprising shutout Friday night? Nothing more than an anomaly.
The Rangers' bats were back at it Saturday, scoring seven runs on 14 hits, including three home runs in one inning, to defeat the Mariners 7-6 at Safeco Field.
"The intensity [Friday in a 4-0 loss] just wasn’t too high," said Texas catcher Mike Napoli, who had three hits, including two doubles, Saturday. "I don’t know what was wrong, if it was us getting in late or what."
The Rangers arrived in Seattle at 3:30 a.m. PT Friday morning, but it was 5:30 a.m. body time.
"Friday night was a tough game," said shortstop Elvis Andrus, who had the first of three homers in the third inning Saturday. "It was a late flight and big change of weather. I’m not trying to look for an excuse, but it got to us. And the guy [Blake Beaven] threw pretty good mixing up his pitches and throwing strikes."
But it was back to the normal explosive offense for the Rangers Saturday, including home runs by Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre. It was the seventh time in the last eight games Texas has scored at least seven runs.
"It was nice tonight to put a big game together," Napoli said. "Our offense is pretty tough and we’re pretty good at having some big innings."
After Seattle took a 4-1 lead, Andrus and Hamilton homered back-to-back in the third. Beltre had the third homer of the inning by blasting a tape-measure shot off the upper-deck fašade in left field.
"That was awesome," Napoli said. "It got us right back in the game. We fell down and then put those three runs up. It was huge. It was a good team win tonight."
Napoli said everyone kind of perked up after the three-homer inning.
"That was the key," he said. "To be able to come back like that and tie the game in one inning was really big and gave us great momentum."
Andrus believes the real Rangers are the ones you saw Saturday, not Friday. And that’s the type of hitting he expects the rest of the season.
"You have ups and downs during the season," Andrus said. "But right now the whole offense is starting to jell and we’re getting the key hits at the right moment. We’re doing all the right things to keep scoring."