Nelson Cruz Makes Major League Baseball History in the Texas Rangers Extra Inning Win Over Detroit Tigers
Nelson Cruz made Major League Baseball history with the first-ever postseason walk-off grand slam as the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings, in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The win gives the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the Best-of-7 ALCS.
The Rangers jumped on Tigers starter Max Scherzer for 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning, including an RBI double by Josh Hamilton. The Rangers lead was lost in the top of the third inning as Ryan Rayburn hit a 3-run homer for Detroit off Derek Holland.
Rangers starter, Derek Holland was pulled with 2 outs in the third inning for Scott Feldman. Feldman pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and the Rangers bullpen ended up pitching 8 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Nelson Cruz tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the seventh with a solo homer to left field.
Then both teams loaded the bases in their at-bats in the ninth inning, but neither team was able to score.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli hit consecutive singles to load the bases for Cruz. He then hit the fateful homer down the left field line on a two-strike count.
Mike Adams picked up the win for Texas and Ryan Perry took the loss for Detroit.
Game 3 of the ALCS is tomorrow evening in Detroit.