Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo picked a dramatic time to make history.
Choo hit a walk-off home run off Kevin McCarthy in the 10th inning Saturday to give Texas a 4-3 victory over the Royals.
Beyond being the game-winning blow, however, it was Choo’s 176th career home run, making him the all-time leader in home runs among Asian-born players.
Choo had tied the record Friday night, and expressed surprise when a security guard brought him the ball, because he didn’t realize he’d tied a record. Now, he and the Rangers are hoping the ball he hit for the record Saturday will surface. Someone in the Royals bullpen got the ball and tossed it to a fan in the bleachers. The Rangers tweeted out details of the search.
In the opener of a three-game series, Wheeler went seven innings but dropped to 0-5 in 10 starts since his last win April 29 at San Diego. He threw 114 pitches, his most since returning to the mound last year after missing two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Walked them and ended up paying for it, Wheeler said. Thought I threw well tonight. In essence, just that one pitch.
Not that I just laid it in there, but it kind of fired me up, Suter said. It was like, OK, they’re coming out swinging. I have to locate better and come out with that much more conviction on my early pitches.
That he did.
Suter went a career-high seven innings for the second time this season and third overall. He limited the Cardinals to two runs and two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
I was able to get some early outs and keep them off the bases, he said.
Suter is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts and made an impression on his manager by commanding his curveball and changeup.
To me, this little run he’s on, his off-speed pitches have been well-located, Milwaukee skipper Craig Counsell said.
The Brewers regained the lead in NL Central, one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs.
Carlos Martinez (3-4) struggled in his fourth start since returning from the disabled list (right lat strain). He allowed seven runs — five earned — on eight hits in four innings with two walks, three strikeouts and two wild pitches. The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA since being activated on June 4.
Milwaukee went ahead 2-1 in the first and never looked back.