The Minnesota Twins, who escaped a long 18-game losing streak in fall baseball, successfully fought back in the division series.
In the second game of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) American League Division Series (ALDS, 3 wins out of 5) held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on the 9th (Korean time), Minnesota had a two-hit performance between Pablo Lopez and Carlos Correa. Thanks to this, they won 6-2 over Houston.
Minnesota, which avenged its loss in Game 1 and turned the game around, is aiming to turn the series around in Games 3 and 4, which will be held at its home stadium on the 11th and 13th.
Minnesota scored the first run in the top of the first inning with Correa hitting a double that hit the left-center fence with 2 outs and runners on first base. In the second inning, Kyle Palmer hit a two-run home run to the left field to take a 3-0 lead.
In the 5th inning, with bases loaded and 1 out, Correa hit a 2-RBI single, and in the 7th inning, Minnesota added another run through a timely hit by pinch hitter Édouard Julien and ran away with the game, 6-0.
Houston avoided a loss in the bottom of the 8th inning when Jordan Alvarez hit a two-run home run to the left field. Alvarez, who hit two home runs in Game 1, continued his strong performance in fall baseball by hitting 3 home runs in 2 games of the Division Series.
Minnesota starting pitcher Lopez struck out seven in seven innings and allowed six hits and no runs, setting the stage for victory. Minnesota’s slugger Correa, a Houston native, led the team to victory by recording 3 hits and 3 RBIs in 4 at-bats against his home team.
Correa, who recorded his 63rd career RBI in fall baseball, surpassed Derek Jeter and became tied for third place with David Justice for the most RBIs of all time. The only players with more RBIs than Correa in the major league postseason are Bernie Williams (80 RBI) and Manny Ramirez (78 RBI).
The Texas Rangers won 11-8 against the Baltimore Orioles thanks to Mitch Garber’s grand slam. Texas, who swept games 1 and 2 in enemy territory, will advance to the American League Championship Series (ALCS, 4 wins out of 7) with just one more win in games 3 and 4 held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, their home stadium.
Baltimore took the lead in the first inning when Aaron Hicks hit a timely hit with two RBIs. However, Texas quickly took the lead by scoring a whopping 9 points in the second and third innings.
After Leody Tavares’ two-RBI double in the second inning easily brought the game to a close, Garber, Adolis Garcia, and Jonah Haim hit three consecutive timely hits to turn the game around, 5-2. In the third inning, with bases loaded and one out, Garber hit a grand slam to make it 9-2.토토사이트
Baltimore counterattacked in the 4th inning and followed up with 2 runs thanks to Jorge Mateo’s timely hit and Ryan Mountcastle’s sacrifice fly, and in the 5th inning, both teams traded 1 run each. Baltimore trailed 5-11 in the bottom of the 9th inning when Hicks hit a 3-run home run, but was unable to turn it around.
Garber, who played as the No. 3 designated hitter for Texas, led the team to victory with 2 hits and 5 RBIs, including a grand slam.
Texas’ Corey Seager only drew five walks, becoming the first player in MLB postseason history to get five walks in one game.