ANAHEIM – In any case, Brian Goodwin would have needed a home game against Ariel Jurado in the third inning of the Rangers Angels series final on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
However, midfielder Delino DeShields had other ideas.
Rangers pitching did a phenomenal job in a 3-0 victory over the Angels.
ANAHEIM – Brian Goodwin should have played a home game against
Rangers pitching did a phenomenal job in the Angels' 3-0 victory, but DeShield's outstanding catch to steal Goodwin was just as crucial to the barrier.
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"This will be seen at some high points," said Rangers manager Chris Woodward.
Goodwin came out on the plate with a goal in the third and no score. With Count 1
Woodward, along with much of the crowd, was not sure if the ball was initially caught. That was something DeShields wanted, since he had deliberately waited a moment before making it clear that he had made it. A friendly joke in favor of his friend Goodwin.
"I decoded it a bit. This is my boy, "DeShields said of Goodwin, whom he knows from his days as a frequent adversary in the minor leagues. "I picked it up and first I looked at my glove to make sure it was there. And when I saw it, I thought I was going to play with it. "
DeShields pointed to Goodwin and laughed, and Goodwin smiled and pointed straight back as he returned to the dugout.
"It was incredible," Jurado said. "It was a long way, man. Very good game.
The chance to help out Jurado made the catch particularly meaningful to DeShields.
"When you caught a man out there who had trouble talking to him on his last outing, he was a competitor," he told DeShields. "You just want to do your best for your teammates."
DeShields decided to celebrate his feat in a somewhat unusual way: by biting the baseball before being thrown back into the infield.
If it's that good, you can taste it. pic.twitter.com/seLfqcakPw
– Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 29, 2019
"It's something I've just done when I do plays," DeShields said. "I do not know where it comes from, to be honest, I did not even think about it, I just thought it was kind of funny, I think."
The piece was extensive, with the Rangers up to the sixth Inning did not get a run. Although they would add two more for the insurance on the
It was DeShields According to Statcast, the Rangers were a defensive advantage for some time and his seven Outs Over Average this season, which started on Wednesday, ranked 11th out of the Major League outfields, according to Statcast. He's particularly impressed with the balls he had to run back for – his robbery from Goodwin is one of the most visually stunning examples.
In DeShields' opinion, how is he rated among the best? his career?
"It's definitely up," DeShields said.
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