Shin-Soo Choo grounded into a double play to end the top of the seventh inning in yesterday’s series- and season-finale against the Detroit Tigers. His team was up 3-0. His crack at setting the franchise record for consecutive games getting on base looked over.
The Rangers would have to send ten batters to the plate the next two innings in order for him to have a chance.
In the eighth, the Rangers sent five to the plate. The only thing stopping Choo from being guaranteed another at-bat would be a Joey Gallo double play.
Gallo hit into a double play.
Heading into the ninth inning, Choo was due up fourth. He needed one of the first three to get on so he’d have a crack at it. And one of those three was Carlos Tocci, meaning one of the first two would have to get on, provided nobody hits into a double play.
Luckily, Guzman singled. It was up to Tocci. Fortunately, Tocci did what Tocci does best. He struck out, giving Choo a chance for the record. Choo has had an uncanny ability to keep the streak alive in his last plate appearance.
He hit a dribbler to third for an infield hit. He stood on first. Which was appropriate.
He is first when it comes to the most consecutive games getting on base as a Texas Rangers. Forty-seven games.
A few hours later MLB announced that Shin-Soo Choo was named to the American League All-Star team. It was the first time in his career.
And, it was the first time a position player from South Korea has ever been named to an All-Star team.
Choo has been on fire since this streak began June 1. He’s batting .339, with an on-base percentage of .464, an OPS of 1.064, twelve of his seventeen home runs, and 41 of his 56 walks.
Yesterday, in the ninth inning, as Choo stood on first, he stood in first.
Mike Minor (6-4, 4.63) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84)
Game time: 6:10