Sunday, June 24, 2012
Leonys Martin powers Rangers offense
By Clint Foster
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers took the rubber match in their series with the Colorado Rockies on Sunday night, thanks in large part to a three-RBI offensive outburst from Leonys Martin.
In his fourth start of the year, the 24-year-old, second-year center fielder hit a two-out double and then a two-out triple to get Texas off to a 4-0 lead, including the first three RBIs of his career. He finished the game 2-for-4 and accounted for all four of the Rangers runs. He also scored on Elvis Andrus' double in the second inning.
Martin said that he spent a lot of time studying the pitchers for the game and that helped him succeed. He said his biggest challenge whenever he starts is taming his excitement.
"I just try to hold onto my emotions and do the best that I can," Martin said. "The more that I stay with the team, the better I feel. It is a big help with the guys that are here. What I have to do is concentrate.”
Going into Sunday's game, Martin was 1-for-8. All three of his hits have been for extra bases.
Martin complemented his offensive production with three flyouts on defense, but saw one sinking fly ball fall trickle out of his glove for a single in the first inning after he got off to a bad break.
Rangers manager Ron Washington was pleased with his performance, but said he has more work to do to become a balanced player.
"We know the kid can swing the bat," Washington said. "It's the other parts of the game that we're trying to work on: baserunning, defense, situations, throwing to the right bag. But, he picked us up tonight big time: two two-out big hits and they were beautiful."
Michael Young, a leader in the clubhouse, echoed Washington's satisfaction.
"He did great," Young said. "He came with two big hits for us and hopefully he can keep it going.”