In two days, the Rangers have scored a combined 17 third-inning runs
Over two games, Rangers score 17 third-inning runs
The Rangers had themselves quite the third inning during Friday night's win over the Yankees in the Bronx. Prince Fielder did Prince Fielder things, New York kicked the ball around the infield a bit, and Texas sent 10 batters to the plate on their way to a 7-spot against Yankees ace Michael Pineda:
Seven runs in a single inning: a rare offensive feat! Baseball is a pretty difficult game, so it would clearly take a while for the Rangers to repeat that kind of production.
As it turns out, the Rangers bats interpreted "for a while" to mean "less than 24 hours later." Texas decided they had so much fun the night before that they'd just run the whole thing back on Saturday afternoon, and then some: Fourteen batters came to the plate during a 10-run third.
CC Sabathia and Esmil Rogers were the victims this time, but there were some similarities: Prince Fielder was again doing Prince Fielder things, and a three-run home run blew things open (this time courtesy of Shin-Soo Choo). Cue the merry-go-round!
And once again Texas got some generous help from the Yankees defense/whatever sorcery moved second base while poor Didi Gregorius wasn't looking:
So, for those scoring at home: That's 17 runs, 12 hits and 24 total batters in the last two third innings Texas has played. That'll work.