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Arlington, TX (Oct 11) – The Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 7-3 on Monday night in Game Two of their American League Championship Series. This was a great game, the final score would not indicate that however, it was a walk-off Grand Slam in the 11th inning that provided the four run margin. The Texas bullpen did an outstanding job and Detroit escaped one major jam in the ninth inning but could not get out of a second one in the eleventh.
The starting pitcher Max Scherzer for the Tigers continued his good postseason run and Derek Holland struggled for Texas. The offenses were not great although the final score makes it look like Texas’ was. Nelson Cruz had a big game and Adrian Beltre for Texas. Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago had good games for the Tigers. The Tigers big hitters are not doing much but the others are, that has been the story for them throughout this postseason, it worked in the ALDS.
Max Scherzer for Detroit pitched six innings giving up six hits and three runs. He walked one and struck out six. Derek Holland for the Rangers pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs with four walks and no strikeouts. Scott Feldman did a great job out of the pen for the Rangers pitching 4 1/3 innings giving up one hit and striking out four. The rest of the pen for the Rangers pitched four innings giving up three hits and no runs. They used four other pitchers after Feldman. Detroit used four pitchers after Scherzer and they did a good job until Perry blew it in the 11th inning. Perry gave up four hits and four runs without recording an out. The rest of the pen pitched four innings giving up a hit and a walk.
Cruz who had three hits and five RBI led the offense for Texas. Elvis Andrus had a hit and two walks, Josh Hamilton had two hits and an RBI and Michael Young had a hit. Beltre had three hits and an RBI; Mike Napoli had a hit and a walk. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each had a double and Beltre had two doubles. Cruz had two homeruns, the Rangers were 3-13 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Mitch Moreland made an error.
Santiago and Kelly had two hits each for the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera had a hit and a walk, Ryan Raburn had a hit, three RBI and two walks and Jhonny Peralta had a hit. Alex Avila had a hit and Brandon Inge had a walk. Cabrera, Peralta and Kelly each had a double. Raburn had a homerun. The Tigers were 1-12 with runners in scoring position and they left 13 men on base.
In the bottom of the first inning Hamilton hit an RBI double and Beltre hit an RBI double to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. In the third inning Raburn hit a three-run homerun to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Cruz hit a solo homerun in the seventh inning to tie the game at three. The game remained tied until the eleventh inning when Cruz hit a walk-off Grand Slam to give the Rangers the 7-3 victory.
The Rangers have a 2-0 series lead in the best of seven series. The Rangers have held home serve and will now look to put away the series in Detroit. They of course though only have to win one game in Detroit and then would be coming home with two chances at winning one game at home to send them to their second straight World Series.
Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday night in Detroit. The rainout created a situation where once again the travel day is erased. Detroit is used to this with it happening in their first round series with the Yankees. There have been 21 teams since 1985 to take a 2-0 series lead in a best of 7 LCS and 18 of those have advanced.
The Rangers had a chance to end the game in the ninth when they had the bases loaded and no outs but they did not after a pop out and a strange 3-2-3 double play. The Rangers did not waste their chance when they got another one with the bases loaded and no outs in the eleventh and the game ended. The outing by Holland was the shortest outing by a Rangers pitcher in the postseason in 32 games.
By Gary W. Marchese Jr.