Texas Ranger Choo Shin Soo Begins On Base Victory
David Lee, Sept. 24, 2015, 9:46 a.m.
A day after he failed to reach a base for the first time in September, Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers resumed his on-base ways in a victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. Choo went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks, as the Rangers defeated the A's 10-3 in Oakland.
The right fielder is now hitting .271/.372/.445 this season, with 18 home runs and 71 RBIs. He is batting a robust .423/.543/.592 this month, as the Rangers are making a surprising run at the American League West division title.
Choo grounded out to first in the first inning against Felix Doubront and struck out looking in the fourth. Choo drew a walk in the fifth and came around to score on a three-run home run by Adrian Beltre. Choo earned his second walk of the game in the seventh, and hit an RBI single off R.J. Alvarez in the ninth.
Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor each left the ballpark as part of the Rangers' 11-hit outburst, while starter Colby Lewis picked up his 17th win of the season after holding the A's to two runs over six innings. The Rangers improved to 82-69, and with the Houston Astros' 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, Texas holds a three-game lead over Houston atop the division.
With 11 games remaining, analytical site Baseball Prospectus gives the Rangers a 90.8 percent chance of making the postseason. ESPN.com gives them a 95.4 percent chance. Choo, who made his major league debut in 2005 with the Seattle Mariners, has been in the postseason just once -- the National League Wild Card Game for the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. Choo hit a solo home run in that game but the Reds lost 6-2.