Two years ago on this very day, the Texas Rangers advanced to their second consecutive World Series. They defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS by a final score was 15-5, but the Rangers had to overcome a couple of early solo shots. Miguel Cabrera was the first Tiger to go deep in the first. Jhonny Peralta followed suit in the second.
After that, the game was all Rangers as their bats exploded for a nine-run third inning.
In that third inning, Texas sent 14 batters to the plate. Even with the lumber the Rangers possessed, not a single run was due to the benefit of a home run. Michael Young began the scoring when he plated a pair with a double. An Adrian Beltre single scored Young. Daniel Murphy drove in two with a single. Ian Kinsler gained a pair of RBI with his single. The scoring ended with yet another Young double for two more runs.
2008 – The Philadelphia Phillies clinch the National League title by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS by a score of 5-1. Phils pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a stout effort, going the distance. He allowed only one run on seven hits and is named NLCS MVP.
2001 – In their fourth season of existence, the Arizona Diamondbacks win their first postseason series defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS. The game is won when Tony Womack delivers a two-out game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning.
1988 – This happened 25 years ago today…
That would be Kirk Gibson‘s only AB for the entire series.
Jim Palmer (1945)