The Texas Rangers laughed in a first-round matchup that touched on their respective traumas. The Arizona Diamondbacks relived a 22-year-old nightmare when closer Paul Seewald, 33, gave up his first run and blown save this fall.
Texas defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 in 11 extra innings in Game 1 of the best-of-seven 2023 Major League Baseball World Series (WS-7) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Monday 온라인카지노(April 28).
It was the bullpen that proved to be the difference between the two teams in the early going. Arizona’s closer, Seaworld, had been unstoppable this postseason with eight shutout innings in eight games, 11 strikeouts, and no walks, but that all came crashing down with a single from Texas’ Corey Seager. In the bottom of the 10th inning of extra innings, reliever Miguel Castro gave up a game-tying solo shot to Adolis Garcia to send Game 1 to the wire.
It was like watching the World Series 22 years ago, when Arizona’s closer, Byung-hyun Kim, collapsed. Coming into the World Series, Byung-hyun Kim had pitched four games (6 1/3 innings) with no losses and three saves, but in his first World Series start, he gave up a game-tying homer to the New York Yankees’ Tino Martinez in the bottom of the ninth inning and a game-tying solo shot to Derek Jeter in the top of the 10th.
It’s Arizona’s first trip to the World Series in just 22 years and their second attempt at a championship. As a wild card, they defeated the National League Central Division champion Milwaukee Brewers (2-0) and swept the West Division champion and 100-win Los Angeles Dodgers in three games. The Philadelphia Phillies came back to take the series to Game 7, but their start was marred by a collapse in closing.
Texas, on the other hand, overcame their 2010 World Series nightmare with a strong batting performance. Facing the San Francisco Giants in their inaugural World Series in 2010, Texas dropped Game 1 after ace Cliff Lee was blown out for seven runs (six earned) in 4 ⅔ innings, leaving them with a 1-4 series record.
Thirteen years later, Texas also started Game 1, this time with ace Nathan Eovaldi, who is 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four postseason starts. Ibaldi was tagged for five runs in 4⅔ innings and took it to the ninth, but Garcia broke the game open by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk.
MLB.com called it “the craziest finish in World Series history” after the game, highlighting Garcia’s walk-off home run. The home run gave Garcia 22 RBIs this postseason, making him the all-time leader in single postseason RBIs in Major League Baseball. Second place is David Freese’s 21 RBIs in a one-man show to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2011 World Series.
October 28 Arizona Diamondbacks-Texas Rangers starting lineup
Arizona’s lineup was Corbin Carroll (right field), Ketel Marte (second base), Gabriel Moreno (catcher), Christian Walker (first base), Tommy Pham (designated hitter), Laudes Gurriel Jr. (left field), Alex Thomas (center field), Evan Longoria (third base), and Herrardo Perdomo (shortstop). Zack Galen is the starter.
Texas’ lineup is Marcus Semien (2B), Corey Seager (shortstop), Evan Carter (left field), Adolis Garcia (right field), Mitch Garber (designated hitter), Jonah Heim (catcher), Nathaniel Lowe (1B), Josh Young (3B), and Leodis Tavares (center field). Nathan Eovaldi started the game.
‘A game of aces,’ ARI stranded down the stretch, TEX wins Game 1 on Seager’s ninth-inning tiebreaker, Garcia’s extra-inning single
Arizona’s Zach Galen reacts after being hit by a pitch during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series of Major League Baseball’s postseason on Monday.
Texas’ Nathan Eovaldi reacts after being hit by a pitch in Game 1 of the World Series on Monday./
In a matchup of two bats, it was Texas that had the first laugh. After Seager walked in the first inning, the “scary rookie” Carter brought him home with a double to right-center field. Garcia followed with a single to left field to score Carter and give Texas a 2-0 lead.
The rest of the inning was an unlikely scenario for Texas. Texas starter Ivaldi was taking his fall ace status to the next level, going 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four games this postseason. Up until the second inning, he had retired four straight batters, including a three-pitch strikeout of Pam.
But the bottom of the order took a surprise hit. In the top of the third, Thomas and Longoria led off with back-to-back singles before Perdomo laid down a sacrifice bunt. Carroll then lined a low, three-pitch splitter from Ibaldi up the middle for a three-run triple to tie the game at 2-2. That’s when Texas center fielder Tavares made an uncharacteristic defensive play. Carroll, who was at third base, drove home Marte on the ensuing grounder to first base to make it a 3-2 game.
Things were looking up for the Longhorns. Texas responded with two runs in the bottom of the third. Seeger drew a walk, Carter doubled to left, Garcia walked, and then Garber drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 3-3. Arizona erased the four-run deficit in the top of the fourth inning on a solo shot by Pam.
Arizona’s Paul Seewald reacts during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series of Major League Baseball’s postseason on Monday.
Texas’ Adolis Garcia celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning of Game 1 of the World Series of Major League Baseball’s postseason on Monday.
In the top of the fifth, Perdomo led off with a single and stole second before Marte followed with a single up the middle. A walk loaded the bases for Ibaldi, who left the game in favor of Dane Dunning after giving up five runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in 4⅔ innings.
Galen was replaced by Ryan Thompson after giving up three runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in five innings, setting up a bullpen battle. Both teams went scoreless for three consecutive innings before the game broke open in the final frame.
Paul Seewald came on in the bottom of the ninth with Arizona leading 5-3. However, Seawald gave up a walk to Tavares and then a wild pitch to Seager to tie the game at 5-5. He then hit Garcia, walked Garber on a wild pitch, and struck out Hedges on a wild pitch to end the inning. Meanwhile, Texas closer Jose LeClerc took the mound in the 10th inning of extra innings and pitched his second straight shutout inning to set the stage for the comeback win.
The grand finale was highlighted by American League Championship Series (ALCS) MVP Garcia. With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Garcia took advantage of a low, five-pitch sinker from reliever Miguel Castro to end the game with a solo shot to right field.