ARLINGTON -- "That one felt good coming off the bat," Peter Bourjos said of his tremendous, game-tying homer in the eighth inning on Thursday night at Rangers Ballpark. His fifth homer in 169 Major League at-bats came against side-armer Darren O'Day and was conservatively estimated at 399 feet.
The Rangers came back to win, 3-2, on Vladimir Guerrero's RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, but Bourjos certainly left an imprint with his full package of skills. Twice, on a drive off the wall in center for a double and a bunt single, the Angels' ultra-swift center fielder forced miscues by Rangers keenly aware of his presence.
"People understand Pete's speed," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Cliff [Lee] knew he had to get to that ball quickly, and he had a little bobble. There was another little bobble by [Julio] Borbon on the ball to center. You play in this league two weeks, and the scouting is there. A lot of teams are seeing it first-hand, seeing the tools he has."
Bourjos, a triple shy of a cycle, stole his 10th base in 48 games and also used his wheels and instincts to run down a couple of drives that could have been extra bases. This is becoming virtually routine.
"Defensively, he's a difference-maker in center field," Scioscia said. "Peter's coming up to the big leagues, and he's the type of kid who tries to take a big chunk out of things. Obviously, he had a big game.
"There's progress. There's still some things he needs to clean up. We're starting to see him make adjustments, understanding what he needs to do. We see him bunting a little more, getting in some better hitting counts. What he did [Thursday night] is in line with his potential."