Top Ten Rangers Moments of the 1st Half

#7 on our list: Josh Hamilton Photobombs a group from Iowa Park!
#7 on our list: Josh Hamilton Photobombs a group from Iowa Park!

After 86 games, the Texas Rangers are 52-34, holding the second-best record in baseball. They sit just a half-game behind the Yankees for first place.

And they've had a lot of memorable moments along the way.

We convened a blue-ribbon panel, including the Newschannel 6 Sports team and Texoma Ranger fans to choose the top 10 moments of the first half of the season:

10. June 2: Craig Gentry robs LA's Erick Aybar of a home run to keep the game scoreless. The Rangers went on to lose 3-2 on a controversial play at the plate

9. July 8: The Lightning Game. A huge blast of thunder scatters players from both teams, and the Rangers walk off with a win to end the first half of the season

8. May 10: Colby Lewis retires 18 straight batters, including the first six by strikeout, and allows just five hits, but all five leave the park in a 6-5 Baltimore win. He is the first pitcher ever to allow 5 or more home runs and strike out ten or more batters in a game.

7. June 30: Josh Hamilton photobombs a group of friends from Iowa Park, and the photo quickly goes viral, picking up over 27,000 likes on the Rangers' Facebook page

6. April 9: Yu Darvish makes his Major League debut against Seattle. After allowing four runs in the first inning, he settles down to pick up the win as the Rangers come out on top, 8-5

5. June 3: Nelson Cruz hits a 484-foot blast to the top of the "Rock Pile" in Anaheim. It is the longest home run of the year in the Majors to that point, and has been exceeded only once, by one foot

4. May 5: Adrian Beltre hits a 3-run, pinch-hit home run in the top of the 11th inning to lead the Rangers to a 5-2 win at Cleveland, snapping a three-game losing streak

3. May 26: Hamilton, fighting an infection that required IV fluids after the game, hits a walk-off, 2-run home run in the 13th inning to beat Toronto 8-7 after the Blue Jays had scored twice in the top of the inning

2. April 23: Pudge Rodriguez throws out the first pitch, from behind the plate. He signed a one-day contract to retire as a Ranger after making ten-straight All-Star teams and winning ten-straight Gold Gloves at catcher in his first stint with the club.

1. May 8: Josh Hamilton's four-homer game. After hitting a home run in his last at-bat the night before, Josh hit two more in his first two at-bats. Then, after a double, he hit two more home runs to end the night 5/5 with four home runs and a double, 18 total bases. That week he batted .467 with nine home runs, two doubles, 18 RBI, and 10 runs scored, winning the AL Player of the Week Award!

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