Leonys Martin was All-Star-calibre last night, as usual.
He went over the wall in the second inning to rob Mark Teixeira of a home run by actually scaling the outfield wall in center, catching the ball while standing with one foot on the edge of the wall and the other outstretched toward the heavens but caught in a bear trap.
Then he gunned down a runner at home to end the eighth inning with an absolute laser beam throw from the deepest wall in centerfield, some 580-feet away, actually from the Dr Pepper ballpark on the other side of the parking lot.
He drove in a run in the first inning with a towering shot that landed two feet from the entrance to Hurricane Harbor on the other side of I-30 for a long single.
In fact, at one point last night, Leonys Martin had hit safely in two straight at bats, dating all the way back to his previous game. That tied him for the league lead in batting average (1.000) and on base percentage (1.000) over a two at-bat period.
He walked in the ninth and stole second on what was called defensive indifference but what was really the defense throwing up the white flag because trying to catch Martin stealing would be futile. Later that inning, he also scored what would have been the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth had the Rangers given up only two runs, and had he actually scored.
And his RBI in the first tied him for the team lead in RBIs from July 27th on.
Please please please please please please please please let there have been scouts in the stands watching him as a possible trade deadline acquisition.
We are begging.