Our TEX duo is crazy… Seager-Garcia two-man show counters KBO re-export myth
After Game 1 of the World Series ended on the 28th (Korean time), the official Major League Baseball website (MLB.com) expressed its opinion that it was “the craziest closing scene in World Series history.” It was such a dramatic match. While Texas succeeded in taking the lead in the World Series, Arizona is now launching a counterattack with Merrill Kelly, who is considered the KBO League’s reverse export legend.
Texas won 6-5 in the first game of the 2023 Major League World Series against Arizona held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on the 28th, after a fierce battle that lasted until the 11th inning. Texas, who defeated powerhouse Houston 4-3 in the American League Championship Series and advanced to the World Series for the first time in 12 years since 2011, took an advantageous position by breaking the momentum of Arizona, which defeated Philadelphia and became the National League champion.
Texas’ hero was Garcia. Garcia, who was named MVP for his impressive performance in the Championship Series, saved the team from crisis by showing off 3 hits (1 home run) and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats, including the game-deciding shot that day. Corey Seager, who has been consistently good this fall, also led the team’s batting line with a strong performance of 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 2 walks, 2 RBI, and 3 runs, including a home run. Josh Young performed well with 2 hits in 5 at-bats.토토사이트
Starter Evoldi, who had been pitching well this postseason, did not do his job, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs in 4⅔ innings, but Texas’ powerful bullpen made Arizona cry. The Texas bullpen, consisting of Dunning, Bradford, Gray, Smith, and LeClerk, played a decisive role in the team’s victory by not giving up a single point to Arizona after the 6th inning.
On the other hand, Arizona’s starting pitcher Jack Gallen achieved the winning pitching requirement by pitching relatively well, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings, but closer Seaworld collapsed after allowing 2 runs, ultimately allowing the score to be tied, and lost. Castro hit a home run and collapsed. The table setters did their best, with Carroll and Marte each contributing two RBIs, but this had nothing to do with the team’s victory.
It was Texas that scored first. After Seager walked with one out in the first inning, Carter took the lead with an RBI double to center field, and Garcia followed up with a timely hit to make it 2-0. However, Arizona’s momentum was not easy. They succeeded in coming back from a 0-2 deficit in the third inning.
When leadoff Thomas hit a single, Longoria, the follow-up hitter, made first and second base with a hit to right. Then, with runners advancing one by one through Perdomo’s sacrifice bunt with one out and 2nd and 3rd bases, Carroll balanced the game with a quick 2-RBI triple that brought in both runners. Then, when Marte’s ground ball to first base, first baseman Rowe chose to go home, but Carroll swept home first to make it 3-2.
In the third inning, Texas had two outs, Seager walked again, and Carter hit a double to the left field to make it to second and third base. Here, Garcia’s walk and Garber’s push-out walk resulted in a 3-3 tie.
However, Arizona took the lead again in the 4th inning with a solo home run by Pam, and in the 5th inning, they scored one more run with a stolen base following a hit by Perdomo, and a timely double by Marte with 2 outs. Afterwards, Arizona mobilized its bullpen to block Texas and came close to victory.
But there was a surprising twist. With SeaWorld on the mound to end the game, Texas tied the game in the 9th inning and pushed the game into extra innings. Trailing 3-5 in the 9th inning, leadoff Taveras walked, and after one out, Seager hit a decisive two-run shot that brought the game back to square one, immediately tying the game.
Fate was decided in the 11th inning of overtime with the game tied 5-5. While both teams failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunities they were given, one shot was important in a game like this. After Texas had one out in the 11th overtime inning, Garcia hit Castro’s sinker on the fifth pitch and hit a dramatic walk-off home run over the right field wall. It was the moment when Texas, who had been losing until the 9th inning, turned the first game around thanks to the heroic performances of Seager and Garcia. Seager’s postseason OPS is 1.157, and Garcia’s is 1.204.
The two teams will now play the second game starting at 9 a.m. on the 29th. Texas hopes to win both games before moving on to the road. The starting pitcher is left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Montgomery, who contributed to Texas’ advancement into the postseason by recording 10 wins, 11 losses, and an average ERA of 3.20 in 32 games this year, pitched well with 3 wins, no losses, and an average ERA of 2.16 in five postseason games this year (4 starting games). He was the best-performing starting pitcher on the mound for Texas this year, along with Boldy.
Arizona, facing this, is expected to feature Meryl Kelly. Kelly, who is familiar to us after playing in the KBO League for four years, recorded 12 wins, 8 losses, and an ERA of 3.29 this year, following 13 wins last year, and has now become a pitcher recognized by the major leagues. He also pitched well in 3 postseason games this year with 2 wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 2.65.
In particular, he contributed greatly to the team’s advancement to the World Series by winning both the most important Game 1 of the Division Series against the LA Dodgers and Game 6 of the Championship Series against Philadelphia, where the team was on the verge of elimination. Attention is being paid to whether Kelly’s momentum will be able to block Texas’ nuclear batting line.