Two Rangers can barely walk, let alone run. Yet both Adrian Beltre and Carlos Gomez played key roles in the Rangers 3-1 victory over the Mariners.
Beltre legged out the first run from third on a ground out to second. Gomez started the winning rally in the eighth with a two-run double, and his pinch runner came in to score the go-ahead run.
And with that the Rangers are still in the running for post-season.
Running being a relative term.
All of the wild card “hopefuls” are under .500 in September. Texas is 8-9, Minnesota is 8-10, Los Angeles is 7-9, Seattle is 8-9, Kansas City is 8-10.
Which means, the Rangers have gained a whopping one-half game on the Twins in the last nineteen days.
Imagine Adrian Beltre in a foot race with Carlos Gomez. Then, for good measure, strap a couple hundred pounds of weight around each of them.
That’s the race for the wild card.
Andrew Cashner (9-10, 3.40) vs. Felix Hernandez (5-4, 4.19)
Game time: 9:10