Saturday, September 26, 2009
Kinsler is 30-30!!!!
Ian Kinsler stole his 30th base on Thursday night when the Rangers fell to Oakland 3-12. Tonight he hit his 30th home run, but this time did so in a winning effort. Unfortunately the victim in this case was the Tampa Bay Rays. Kinsler had not homered since September 1st and it seemed that he would stay locked at 29 homers forever. Enter the Rays bullpen. Grant Balfour served up the 3-run blast in the 8th inning. It was the 6th home run that Balfour has allowed this year, he has a 5.01 ERA. It wasn't a blown save either as the Rangers were leading 5-3. The 3-run blast just put the nail in the coffin for that game. An other Ranger got in on the milestone act as well. Chris Davis hit his 20th homerun. Julio Borbon tryed to join them. He stole 2 bases to give him 19 on the year. Earlier this week Elvis Andrus topped 30 steals for Texas. Kinsler is the second Rangers hitter to reach this plateau (Alfonso Soriano) and just the third second baseman to do it, joining Soriano and Brandon Phillips. He is the first to hit 30-30 this season. Congrats to Ian! Next time you hit a milestone, please don't do it against the Rays, it makes it difficult to be happy for you...Go Rays! troll out.