Saturday, October 15, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 15, Tigers 5
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are headed to their second consecutive World Series after blistering the Tigers for a 15-5 win Saturday. The offense, which hadn't had a breakout game from top to bottom, did so in Game 6 with a nine-run third inning and a few more runs later on. Everyone contributed to the victory, fitting because that's how the Rangers have done it all season. Some quick thoughts as we collect more from a jubilant clubhouse (ESPN Stats & Information also chimes in with some fun facts):
* A big third inning decided Game 6. Here's a quick look at how the Rangers scored nine runs in the inning (more about that inning later):
-- The nine runs are the most in a postseason inning since the Angels scored 10 runs in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the 2002 ALCS. It was the most runs the Rangers have scored in a postseason inning, breaking the record of six scored in the ninth of Game 3 of the 2010 ALCS.
-- Four Tigers pitchers needed 50 pitches and nearly 40 minutes to get through it.
-- Surprisingly, the inning started with Ian Kinsler's ground out to third base, where Brandon Inge made a nice diving play to get the first out.
-- Things fell apart for the Tigers from there as the Rangers' lineup depth went to work. Elvis Andrus drew a four-pitch walk and Josh Hamilton's looping single put two on with one out for Michael Young.
-- Young delivered with a double just inside the left field line, scoring two runs. Before that at-bat, Young had two RBIs the entire series (and three in the postseason). That tied the score.
-- Adrian Beltre gave the Rangers the lead with a single up the middle, scoring Young. It was his sixth RBI of the playoffs.
-- Mike Napoli did his usual, working the count to 3-2. He then walked ahead of Nelson Cruz.
-- Cruz appeared to swing at a third strike high fastball, but first base umpire Tim Welke said Cruz did not go around. He then walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases for David Murphy.
-- Murphy, batting eighth as the DH, hit a two-run single to center. Detroit outfielders had some issues getting to balls right away in the inning and that included left fielder Delmon Young. He bobbled the ball and Rangers third base coach Dave Anderson alertly sent Napoli home as well.
-- Kinsler got into the act with a two-run single after that as the Rangers batted around.
-- Michael Young came up again and this time doubled just inside the right field line to drive in two more. He became the first player with multiple extra-base hits in the same inning in LCS history. It's been done three times in the World Series. Young hit .377 with runners in scoring position this season.
* Derek Holland gave up a two-run homer to Austin Jackson in the fourth and that was the end of his night. No Rangers starter in this series managed to get a quality start. Holland gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings but left ahead 9-4. Holland led the big leagues with 7.64 run support average this season. And the Rangers beat that with the big third inning.
* Kinsler had three RBIs and was 2-for-5 in the game.
* Miguel Cabrera continued his sensational ALCS. On a 1-2 count, Cabrera drove a fastball the other way, just over Cruz's glove and over the fence for a solo homer in the first. He hit another one off Mike Adams in the eighth. He had three homers in this series and four in the playoffs. He had seven RBIs in the ALCS. He came into the game hitting .375 in the ALCS. ESPN Stats & Information: Cabrera extended his LCS hitting streak to 13 games. Only Pete Rose and Manny Ramirez, both with 15, have longer streaks.
* Andrus had the club's second stolen base of the ALCS when he took second with two outs in the first. Young popped up to first base in foul territory to end the inning.
* Endy Chavez, in the lineup at No. 9, came up with two on and two out in the second. He wasn't able to get the Rangers on the board as he grounded to second.
* Cruz hit a double in the second and then homered in the seventh. It was his seventh and eighth hits of the ALCS and all were extra-base hits: six homers, two doubles. Cruz, the MVP of the series, drove in 13 runs in the six game. The six homers and 13 RBIs were the most by any player in a postseason series. More on Cruz's ridiculous series coming up on the blog.
* Ryan Raburn hit into a double play in his first two at-bats. Both meant that No. 3 hitter Cabrera hit with no one on base his first two times up. He batted with two outs and none on in the first and led off the fourth.
* The big third inning meant that the sellout crowd of more than 50,000 spent the last two-thirds of the game in celebration mode. It gave a kind of relaxed feel to the game.
* Young put a capper on his ridiculous Game 6 by hitting a solo homer 416 feet to straightaway center to make it 13-4 in the seventh.