A match between teams that made it to the postseason for the first time in 7 years. The Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles for two days in a row and are on the verge of advancing to the American League Championship Series (ALCS).카지노
Texas won 11-8 at home against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 2 of the 2023 Major League Baseball Division Series (ALDS) held at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on the 9th (Korean time).
Texas and Baltimore advanced to the postseason for the first time in seven years this year with different driving forces. Texas’ strength that has been strengthened in recent years with the goal of making the World Series (WS) has shone, and Baltimore is playing fall baseball with the potential of the prospects it has attracted so far greatly exploding.
A match between the two teams. First of all, it was Texas that succeeded in taking the lead in the first game. On the previous day (the 8th), Korean big leaguer Daein Dunning took the mound as the second pitcher and allowed 1 run (1 earned) in 2 innings, experiencing the joy of achieving his first postseason victory since his debut by 3 points against Baltimore. Won with -2. And the good trend continued for two days in a row.
# The joy and sorrow of the first inning
was that Texas had the first chance to score. Starting with a single by leadoff hitter Marcus Semien in the first inning, Texas had a chance to get the bases loaded with two outs thanks to walks by Corey Seager and Evan Carter. However, in a large scoring opportunity, Jonah Haim failed to target Baltimore Gryson Rodriguez, resulting in no score. Then Baltimore’s counterattack began.
Like Texas, Baltimore also had a chance to load the bases in the bottom of the first inning when Ryan Mount Castle and Gunner Henderson reached base and Austin Hayes walked. Here, the joys and sorrows of both teams intersected. Unlike Texas, which did not have a follow-up hit, Baltimore succeeded in taking the lead. In Baltimore, with the bases loaded and two outs, Aaron Hicks made a sensible hit against Texas starter Jordan Montgomery.
On the fifth pitch, Montgomery threw a curveball that fell to a low course outside the strike zone. At this time, Hicks lost his posture and chased Montgomery’s ball, pushed the ball to the edge and sent the ball in front of right field. At this time, not only the runner on third base but also Henderson, who was the runner on second base, sprinted home and scored the first run.
# The best batting lineup in the Major League.
Texas’ batting lineup, which had the best offense among the 30 major league teams, beyond the American League, was tremendous. Texas remained scoreless with the bases loaded in the first inning, but it didn’t take long to turn the tide of the game. As a result, there was a fierce battle at the beginning of the game, so much so that it took as long as an hour for the third inning to begin.
Texas started in the top of the second inning when leadoff hitter Nate Rowe got a walk, and followup hitter Josh Young hit a single, giving Texas a chance to get on first and third base. Here, Leody Taveras hit a 2-RBI, tying double to left center against Baltimore starting pitcher Rodriguez, instantly turning the game back to square one. Texas’ attack did not stop there.
Texas continued with a chance with runners on 1st and 3rd with one out and a walk by Seager, and Mitch Garber took the lead with a timely hit to turn things around. And with Adolis Garci hitting a timely hit, the gap began to widen little by little, and Haim produced an RBI to make up for the disappointment in his first at-bat and ran away to 5-2. Baltimore ended the inning with difficulty after making the decision to quickly hook the starter.
Baltimore gave up the momentum, but could not give up the game and began replacing pitchers again in the third inning. Baltimore brought in Brian Baker at the start of the third inning, with the shocking result of Taveras, Semien, and Seager walking three batters in a row. Baltimore brought in Jacob Webb to put out the fire, but he was useless in front of the Texas batting line.
Texas had the bases loaded again after the first inning, and Garber threw his bat out hard against Webb’s 94.2 mph (approximately 151.6 km) high fastball on the fifth pitch. Garber’s batted ball flew at a speed of 107.5 miles (approximately 173 km) and went over the left wall, resulting in a ‘grand slam’. This widened the gap to 9-2, and Texas took the lead.
# Baltimore’s fall baseball season is coming to an end, and
Baltimore, Texas, heading to the World Series, did not give up even when the loss deepened to 2-9. Baltimore narrowed the gap in the fourth inning with a chance created by Jordan Westberg’s double, with Jorge Mateo hitting a timely hit, and Mountcastle hitting a sacrifice fly on first and third base. However, as Texas ran away with one more run in the 5th inning, the gap between them did not narrow easily.
The flow of chase and flight continued. Baltimore trailed Texas again in the bottom of the 5th inning with Henderson’s solo home run, but Texas ran away again in the top of the 9th. Baltimore then narrowed the 9-2 game to 11-8 in the bottom of the 9th inning when Hicks hit a three-run gun. However, there was no ‘surprise’.
Texas maintained a 4-point lead and was only one win away from advancing to the championship game. On the other hand, Baltimore is in danger of ending its first fall baseball season in 7 years with just 3 games.