American League Championship Series (ALCS) MVP Adolis Garcia, 30, of the Texas Rangers, continued his “Crazy in the Fall” form in Game 1 of the World Series (WS).
Garcia started in the No. 4 spot in right field against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 28 (ET) and went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, a home run, two RBIs, one run scored, one stolen base and one walk. Garcia’s performance led Texas to a 6-5 come-from-behind win in Game 1.
Garcia got off to a hot start in the first inning. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the first inning, Garcia hit a five-pitch knuckle curveball to right field off Arizona starter Zach Gallon for an RBI single.
After reaching base in two at-bats with a walk in the third, Garcia recorded his first hit of the game on a grounder to shortstop in the fifth. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Garcia led off with a single to center field, capping off an eight-pitch battle against Kevin Ginkel. Garcia advanced to second on Ginkel’s wild pitch, but was unable to score on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied 5-5 after Corey Seager’s dramatic two-run homer, Garcia was hit by a pitch and stole second. However, he was unable to score the winning run.
The game went into extra innings, and Garcia stepped up to the plate once again in the 11th. Facing Miguel Castro with the bases loaded, Garcia calmly picked the ball out of the zone and worked a 3-1 count in his favor. Five pitches later, a 96.7-mile-per-hour (155.6 km/h) sinker came up, and Garcia drove it hard, sending it 373 feet (113.7 meters) over the right field fence for a grand slam solo home run. It was a 6-5 thrilling come-from-behind win for Texas.
Garcia has had an unbelievable postseason despite this being his first fall ball. In 13 games from the Wild Card Series through Game 1 of the WS, he’s batting .357 (20-for-56) with eight home runs, 22 RBIs, and a 1.204 OPS to lead the Texas lineup.
In the ALCS against the Houston Astros, he led the team to the WS with a four-game home run streak (five) from Game 4 to Game 7. After batting .357 (10-for-28) with five home runs, 15 RBIs, and a 1.293 OPS in seven games, Garcia was named the ALCS MVP and was touted as a player to watch in the WS.
His game-winning home run gave him 22 RBIs in the postseason, tying him with David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals, 2011) for the most in a single postseason.카지노사이트
Garcia also extended his hitting streak to seven games dating back to Game 2 of the ALCS and his home run streak to five games dating back to Game 4 of the ALCS. The seven-game hitting streak is the second-longest in postseason history, behind Ryan Howard’s eight-game streak in 2009 (Philadelphia Phillies), according to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. The five-game home run streak is also the second-longest in history, behind Daniel Murphy (six games, New York Mets) in 2015.
Garcia, who made his major league debut in 2018, was pushed off the 40-man roster when St. Louis acquired Kim Kwang-hyun and was designated for assignment to Texas. After tasting the bitter taste of being designated for assignment and sent to the minors, Garcia blossomed in 2021, hitting .243 with 31 home runs, 90 RBIs and a .740 OPS in 149 games, earning his first AL All-Star selection.
After hitting .245 with 27 homers, 101 RBIs and a .756 OPS in 156 games last year, Garcia has posted career-highs of .245 with 39 homers, 107 RBIs and an .836 OPS in 148 games this season, making him the first-ever fall ball “madman” and leading Texas to a breakout season.