2. Opening Day 1992 – vs. Seattle Mariners (W 12-10)
What happens when two of the greatest pitchers the game has ever seen meet on opening day? A high scoring shootout that’s what!
Johnson and Ryan got off to good starts. Both teams only managed a combined one run in the first three innings; a Mariners home run in the second.
The Rangers got on the board in the fourth inning when Ruben Sierra hit an RBI double to left-field.
The game remained tied until the fifth inning when Seattle grabbed two runs off a first basemen error.
Dean Palmer pulled through the following inning by delivering a two-run homer to tie the game up at three.
Seattle seemingly put the game away with a total of five runs in the sixth and seventh inning off of two home runs a couple of clutch RBI hits.
Texas trailed 8-3 and had a one percent chance of winning when they headed into the top of the eighth. That is when magic struck.
Ruben Sierra and Dean Palmer drew walks before Dickie Thon landed a double in left-field that scored a run to pull the Rangers within four. Ivan Rodriguez drew another walk to put runners at first and second. Geno Petralli represented the go-ahead run and made true on his promise with a three-run homer that put the Rangers ahead 9-8.
Nothing could stop the Rangers in that eighth inning. They added three more runs from Ruben Sierra and Jack Daugherty singles after batting around the Mariners.
Texas held a 12-8 advantage and had pulled off an improbable comeback with a nine-run eighth inning. The four runs that losing pitcher Mike Schooler gave up left him with a 108.00 ERA.
Seattle added a couple runs in the bottom half of the inning but fell short as the Rangers eventually won 12-10.
Texas would go on to sweep the Mariners to begin the year 4-0. That would be the lone highlight of the season as the Rangers finished a sub-par 77-85.