ARLINGTON, Texas – News of Leonys Martin’s big arm apparently hasn’t reached Milwaukee.
The Rangers center fielder gunned down two Brewers trying to take third base Wednesday night. He’s now tied for the American League lead with 10 outfield assists, four of them against Milwaukee.
“I don’t know why guys still run on him,” starting pitcher Matt Garza said. Garza was merely repeating what a lot of others were saying after seeing the Brewers try to take advantage of Martin – twice.
Martin gunned down Jean Segura in the first inning trying to go from first to third on Jonathan Lucroy’s single. Then he got Carlos Gomez trying to do the same thing in the sixth inning.
The Brewers failed to score in both innings, helping the Rangers to a 5-4, come-from-behind win.
“Thank God that Martin had the opportunities and they presented themselves and he was able to execute the throws to the bags,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “They were huge. No telling what else they could have gotten done if those guys would have made it to third base.”
He’s the first Ranger to reach double digits in outfield assists since Nelson Cruz had 11 in 2009.
Martin also threw out a runner in Tuesday’s game with the Brewers and has recorded five outfield assists in the last seven games. Martin also had been doing well at the plate during that stretch but saw a seven-game hit streak end Wednesday.