The Texas Rangers, who had been pushed to the brink, revived the spark of hope by winning Game 6.
Texas defeated the Houston Astros by 9-9 in Game 6 of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Postseason American League Championship Series (ALCS, best-of-seven series) held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on the 23rd (Korean time). Overpowered by 2. The series record between the two teams became 3 wins and 3 losses.
Texas, whose mood had calmed down with three consecutive home losses after two away wins, provided an opportunity for a turnaround, while Houston disappointed the home fans with a lethargic performance. The team that will advance to the World Series will be determined according to the results of Game 7, which will be held on the 24th.
▲Starting lineup for both teams
– Texas: Marcus Siemien (second baseman) – Corey Seager (shortstop) – Robbie Grossman (left fielder) – Adolis Garcia (right fielder) – Mitch Garber (designated hitter) – Jonah Haim (catcher) – Nathaniel Rowe (first baseman) – Josh Young (third baseman) – Leody Taveras (center fielder), starting pitcher Nathan Ebaldi –
Houston: Jose Altuve (second baseman) – Michael Brantley (left fielder) – Alex Bregman (third baseman) ) – Jordan Alvarez (designated hitter) – Jose Abreu (first baseman) – Kyle Tucker (right fielder) – Mauricio Dubon (center fielder) – Jeremy Peña (shortstop) – Martin Maldonado (catcher), starting pitcher Framber Valdez. The two teams are ranked 5
. With a day’s rest after the second game, there were slight changes in the lineup compared to the previous game. In the case of Texas, Robbie Grossman replaced Evan Carter in left field, and the batting order of the batters placed in the lower batting lineup was adjusted. Houston moved Dubon down the batting order and gave Brantley the number 2 batting order.
▲Houston took the lead, and Texas immediately counterattacked.
The team that took the lead first was Houston. In the bottom of the first inning, leadoff Altuve opened the scoring with a single and a stolen base, and Brantley walked. After Bregman’s fly ball to center field, Alvarez hit a heavy hit, bringing home Altuve, who was on second base.
Then Texas didn’t sit still either. Garber, who appeared as the leadoff hitter in the top of the second inning, pushed Houston starter Valdez’s sinker on the first pitch and fired a dominant solo shot that went over the right wall. The score is 1-1.
This wasn’t the end of Texas’ offense. After two outs in the top of the fourth inning, Garber got on base with a single, and Haim pushed Valdez’s outside changeup with the ball count at 0-1 and fired a two-run gun that went slightly over the right wall. Right fielder Tucker attempted to catch the catch with a jump catch, but it was not enough.
▲Ivaldi’s good pitching,
while the Texas batting line that did not miss the lead was scoring points one by one, Texas starting pitcher Ivaldi pitched well. In the bottom of the second inning, the batting lineup of Dubon, Peña, and Maldonado was turned around with a three-way strike, and in the bottom of the third inning, with two outs and runners on first and second base, the inning ended by inducing a ground ball to Abreu.
Ibaldi struck out Tucker, Dubon, and Peña in the bottom of the 4th inning, and with no outs on first base in the bottom of the 5th inning, he struck out Altuve, Brantley, and Bregman, maintaining the lead until the middle of the game. Although he contributed one run through Dubon’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 6th inning, he faithfully performed his duties until the bottom of the 7th with one out and a runner on first base before handing the mound over to Josh Sboz.
▲The game was decided in the 8th inning, and Texas’ early introduction of Leclerc was a
great success. It was in the 8th inning that the joys and sorrows of the two teams were mixed. Texas ran away with 4-2 in the top of the eighth inning, adding one more point with Garber’s RBI double with one out and two on second base. It was a more valuable score than ever for Texas, which was maintaining an uneasy lead by one point.
Houston also had a chance. Bregman’s walk and Abreu’s hit put the runners on first and second base with one out. However, at this time, Texas made a game-winning move by bringing in closer Jose Leclerc. The bottom of the 9th inning was also the bottom of the 9th, but manager Bruce Bochy thought that the current crisis should be prevented immediately.
Leclerc brought himself into danger with the bases loaded with one out due to a walk by the first batter, Tucker, but was relieved by Dubon’s straight hit to shortstop, and struck out pinch hitter John Singleton after an 8-pitch match. Leclerc, who had knotted the inning under his own power, roared as he struck his chest with his right arm.
▲ Texas, who avoided the crisis of Garcia’s one-shot that silenced the Minute Maid, solidified their victory in the top of the 9th inning. After leadoff hitter Young walked, Altuve made a catching error when Taveras grounded out to second base, and Simeon hit a hit, leaving the bases loaded with no outs.
Houston hurriedly put Ryne Stanek on the mound instead of Rafael Montero, but Stanek allowed Seager to hit the ball to the body, widening the gap between the two teams to 3 points. Here, Garcia, who came to the plate after Carter’s strikeout, fired a grand slam that went over the left field fence. The moment the home run came out, Minute Maid Park fell silent, and Houston fans began leaving their seats one by one.
Texas, which entered the bottom of the ninth inning with ease, put Andrew Heaney on the mound, and the game ended as Heaney blocked Houston’s pursuit with three ground balls.
▲Two teams must risk everything in Game 7.
This series between the two teams, which lasted until Game 6, is noteworthy in that the away team won both games. Houston’s bat, which seemed to come alive in the away game to Texas, became quiet again at home, and conversely, the Texas batting line, which was silent at home, showed off its power at Minute Maid Park.
There is only one game left. Both teams must utilize the available fielding and pitching resources. After Game 7 on the 24th, one team will head to the World Series, and one team will end the 2023 season. The starters for Game 7 of the two teams are Max Scherzer and Christian Javier.토토사이트
▲Pitcher performance for both teams
– Texas: Nathan Ibaldi (88 pitches, 6⅓ innings, 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2 runs) – Josh Sboz (16 pitches, 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, no runs) – Jose Leclerc ( 16 pitches, ⅔ innings, 1 walk, 1 strikeout) – Andrew Heaney (4 pitches, 1 inning, no runs)
– Houston: Framber Valdes (84 pitches, 5 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 3 runs) – Phil Mayton (8 pitches, 1 inning, 1 strikeout, no runs allowed – Hector Neris (14 pitches, 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, no runs) – Brian Abreu (20 pitches, 1 inning, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 run) – Rafael Montero (20 pitches, 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 runs) 2 earned runs) – Ryne Stanek (15 pitches, 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 2 runs)
▲Major hitter performance for both teams
– Texas: Marcus Siemian 2 hits in 3 at-bats, 2 walks, 1 run / Adolis Garcia 1 hit in 5 at-bats (1) home run) 4 RBIs / Mitch Garber 3 hits in 4 at-bats, 2 RBIs, 2 runs / Josh Young 0-for-2, 2 walks, 1 run / Leody Taveras 1 hit in 4 at-bats, 1 run – Houston: Jose Altuve 2 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 run