After 11 years, the Rangers have found their way back to The Fall Classic.
The Texas Rangers celebrated a moment both players and fans have been waiting for over a decade on Monday night in Houston. After appearing in 4 of the past six World Series’ and winning the championship last year, the Rangers dethroned the Astros.
The road to the World Series hasn’t been an easy one for Texas. After losing the division to Houston on the last day of the regular season, Texas had to settle for a wild-card berth.
The Rangers did not let this crush their spirits as they went on to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series and the Baltimore Orioles in the Division Series. After Houston took the Division Series from the Minnesota Twins, the stage was set for the longtime Lone-Star State rivals to battle for the American League Pennant.
Max Scherzer started the game but left due to injury after 2.2 innings. After the game, Scherzer said he was dealing with a cut on his thumb but “feels his arm is actually in a good spot now.”
Texas manager Bruce Bochy went to Jordan Montgomery, who pitched through the 5th. Scherzer and Montgomery combined for five innings pitched and two earned runs, shutting down Houston’s high-powered offense.
Adolis Garcia was in his revenge era after getting hit by a pitch in game 5, which
resulted in a benches-clearing altercation and ultimate ejection from the game. Since the incident, Garcia went 5 for 10 with three home runs and nine runs batted in en route to win the ALCS MVP Award.
According to ESPN, he was the first player in postseason history to have at least one RBI in six straight games during the same playoff series.
The Rangers will open the World Series at Globe Life Field on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who clinched the NL pennant Tuesday night.