Five years ago on August 22, 2007, the Texas Rangers scored 30 runs on the way to a 27 run win against the Baltimore Orioles. They set an American league record that day and became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game. On August 22, 2012 the Rangers didn’t beat their record, but they did continue their success against the Orioles,so hopefully they will have the offense clicking as they head into September.
In 2007 David Murphy led the way with 5 hits, Ramon Vasquez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each had 2 HRs and 7 RBIs respectively, and Wes Littleton recorded a 3-inning save. This time around we did get to see something very special from Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland. Beltre hit 3 home runs in Wednesday night’s game, 2 coming in the 4th inning; it was his first 3-HR game of his regular season career. It is the second time in his career that he has hit 3 HRs, the other coming in the opening round of the playoffs last year where he hit 3 in Tampa Bay. Beltre had more at bats in the game and had history on his mind hoping that he and Josh Hamilton could be the first teammates in MLB history to have 4-HR games in the same season, Beltre said:
“I was trying to hit a home run. I got a pitch to hit, too, but I couldn’t do it.”
Mitch Moreland hit his 1st career grand slam (he had an unofficial grand slam in a rained out game last season) in the 4th inning on Wednesday night. Moreland is currently enjoying one of the best hot streaks of his career. Moreland returned back from the disabled list (DL) on July 30th. In the 22 games he’s played in since then, he’s hitting .328 with 3HRs and 13 RBIs. Moreland has helped solidify the 1B spot with Mike Napoli on the DL.
David Murphy, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz all had hits in both the 2007 and 2012 game. Murphy tallied 8 hits among the two games. The Rangers offense has been clicking on all cylinders against the Orioles, outscoring them 57-24 in the 7 games that they have played this season.
In 2007 the game didn’t mean much for either team, as neither was close to contending for the playoffs, but this season the stakes are much higher. The Rangers hold the second best record in baseball, and the Orioles are holding on to a wild card spot down the stretch. There is a possibility that these teams will face each other in the playoffs and if that does in fact happen, the smart money will be on the Rangers.
The next week consists of Minnesota and Tampa Bay both at the Ballpark in Arlington as the Rangers try to finish August strong and prepare for the last month of the regular season.