Jonah Heim hits home run again against Mariners
ARLINGTON – Have the Rangers already seen? They did it this weekend.
Texas rookie wide receiver Jonah Heim played the hero on Saturday night, crushing a 10th inning homerun against the Mariners.
After a 1-3 start on Sunday, this time as the designated hitter, Heim’s magic continued as he tapped in for a 405-foot solo homerun to propel the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Mariners. at Globe Life Field.
“I could just tell by his demeanor on the first shot that he wasn’t scared,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. âIt’s the only thing that stands out with Jonah. He’s feeling pretty good in the batter’s box right now, and he’s had a few good shots before that. Doing it again with two hits, against a pretty tough pitcher, it’s pretty cool. I think he had that in mind, for sure, from the swings I watched.
This is the first time the Rangers have won back-to-back games since winning four in a row against the Royals and the A’s in late June. It’s also the first time Texas has won a series since that three-game sweep against Kansas City from June 25-27.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Heim is the first player to score goals in consecutive games since Albert Pujols with the Cardinals on June 4 and 5, 2011. He is also the first player in Rangers franchise history. / Senators and the first MLB rookie to accomplish the feat.
The Rangers were down, 3-1, heading down the ninth inning. Then it was shot after shot. Nathaniel Lowe entered base with a debut single. Andy IbÃ¡Ã±ez then shot a two-run equalizer just over the left-field wall to set up Heim’s historic blast.
IbÃ¡Ã±ez said adrenaline ran through his veins as he rounded the goal, and he was confident Heim could finish the game right behind him.
Heim added that once IbÃ¡Ã±ez hit this home run he knew the Rangers had all the momentum. He just wanted to join the base, one way or another. Hitting the ball out of the court again, he said, was the icing on the cake.
“It’s amazing what we did in ninth there with [Lowe] and Andy hit a big homerun just to give me the opportunity to do it again, âsaid Heim. âIt’s amazing how this team fights to the end. We’re just here to play hard and try to win games. It’s really fun to be a part of it.
In the first few games following the trade deadline, the Rangers showed off the field fight Woodward had been hoping to see for weeks.
Woodward believes that after trading the three full-length players they made to Joey Gallo, Kyle Gibson, and Ian Kennedy, the remaining guys are able to relax and rally with each other.
âAt the end of the day, no one likes to see our family – Joey, Gibby and Kennedy – go,â IbÃ¡Ã±ez said. âWe all felt like family, but at the end of the day we have to keep going. We have to close that door and move on. That’s the mentality we have right now.
Woodward pointed out that things are not perfect, despite a positive weekend. He felt there were opportunities to be seized earlier in the game to gain the advantage over Seattle. Guys have to learn how to win games before the final.
But this weekend was definitely a step in the right direction.
âThe deadline is over and the guys know they’re there,â said Woodward. âThey know they are going to play, they are going to have opportunities. They’re still going to have to earn those opportunities, obviously. Just because you’re here doesn’t mean you’re going to play for sure. But at the same time, it should reassure their minds a bit and say, âHey, we’re going to ride with the group we have here. “