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Adolis García goes down within the historical past books as a playoff hero for the Texas Rangers and received ALCS MVP within the course of:
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The slugger helped the guests set the tone in Monday’s Recreation 7 of the American League Championship Collection in opposition to the Houston Astros in historic style. With an RBI single within the first inning, solo homer within the third inning and two-RBI single within the fourth, he each broke the sport open and set a Main League Baseball document for RBI in a single playoff collection:
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Most RBI in a postseason collection, all-time
14-Adolis García, TEX in 2023 ALCS vs. HOU
13-Nelson Cruz, TEX in 2011 ALCS vs. DET
12-Bobby Richardson, NYY in 1960 WS vs. PIT
12-John Valentin, BOS in 1999 ALDS vs. CLE
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The slugger added yet another house run within the eighth inning, giving him 15 RBI for the collection.
That it was García made it all of the extra notable given his central position on this collection past simply his spectacular particular person play.
After he emphatically celebrated a house run throughout Recreation 5, Astros pitcher Bryan Abreu hit him with a pitch later within the contest. That sparked a benches-clearing incident and quite a few punishments.
Because the Associated Press famous, the league stated all six umpires working the sport believed the pitch was intentional. In consequence, Abreu was suspended for 2 video games—which will probably be served subsequent yr—and Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., Rangers pitcher Matt Bush and Houston supervisor Dusty Baker have been all fined.
The Houston crowd greeted García with loads of boos in Recreation 6, however he answered them by launching a grand slam as a part of a Rangers blowout.
He helped set the stage for a decisive Recreation 7 after which took full benefit by making historical past.