Update: Tucson’s Ian Kinsler helps Texas Rangers make historyby Christopher C. Wuensch on Oct. 12, 2010, under Sports
The Lone Star State knows a thing or two about heat.
So, too, does Ian Kinsler, who may not be the sole star on the Texas Rangers, but he’s certainly their hottest hitter at the plate.
The Canyon Del Oro (Oro Valley, Ariz.) High School grad propelled the Rangers on Tuesday night to the first postseason series victory in the franchise’s 49-year history with a 3-4, 3-RBI performance, highlighted by a 2-run, ninth-inning home run.
The effort leaves him .011 points behind New York Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson for the top batting average (.444) in the ALDS. His 6 RBI and 3 dingers (tied with teammate Nelson Cruz) are a Major League best this October. One more hit and Kinsler would have won the hypothetical ALDS Triple Crown.
The Rangers now hope Kinsler’s bat doesn’t cool off before Friday when Texas plays host to Granderson and the Bronx Bombers in Game One of the ALCS.