“A bloop and a blast” is the old saying, but a deflected liner and a blast works just as well.
When the blast comes from a guy who has less than 20 career home runs in 6 years, it’s even more significant. That’s the case for Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus, who blasted home run number 19 of his career off of reliever Joel Peralta in the top of the eighth inning at Tropicana Field. The homer came with Shin-Soo Choo aboard, who had hit a line drive that Peralta had deflected, resulting in an infield hit.
The game had been scoreless until that point, as Alex Cobb had been stifiling the Rangers’ lineup over 7 innings.