For the first two innings, it looked as if the night was going to belong to the Detroit Tigers, then came the third and that, as we say, is all she wrote as the 9 runs the Texas Rangers managed in that inning was enough to propel them to the win and to the World Series.
Detroit got homers from Miguel Cabrera in the first and Jhonny Peralta in the second to take the early lead heading into the third. Then things went to hell as the Rangers sent 14 batters to the plate and produced 9 runs against Detroit starter Max Scherzer and three rivers in the highest-scoring postseason inning since 2002. Five innings and six runs later, Texas was celebrating it's second consecutive trip to the World Series.
This accomplishment, the first by an AL team since the Yankees won four in a row from 1998-01, was made even sweeter by the fact that this team was largely written off last off-season because they lost pitcher Cliff Lee to the Phillies. Lee was considered the glue that held the Rangers together and the start that propelled them to last years World Series. This years run proves that the Rangers are more than just one man, that it takes a team to win.
"We wanted to get to the World Series. But the bottom line is getting to the World Series and winning it. We feel pretty confident about ourselves," manager Ron Washington said. "More than anything else, the commitment they made in November after San Francisco sent us home, they held true to it."
But don't think they are going to stop playing because they made it to the World Series. No, they have bigger goals in mind.
"This a great trophy, we're real proud of it," Michael Young said. "But we're looking forward to the one with all the flags on it. … Happy, but not satisfied."
Nelson Cruz was named ALCS MVP after his postseason-record sixth home run of the series, and he also had a record 13 RBIs.
The Rangers now await the winner of the St Louis, Milwaukee series to see who they will play. Milwaukee trails 3-2 in the series and is facing elimination in Sunday nights game.
Texas will open the World Series on Wednesday night, seeking the first title in the history of a franchise that started in 1961.
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