Are you joking me Nelson Cruz?
Just two innings after it appeared his wrist was shattered into a million pieces by a 92-mph Jose Valverde fastball in the ninth, the Texas Rangers outfielder took advantage of a second consecutive Ryan Perry slider to give his team a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven ALCS with a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in 11 innings.
What's more amazing than that? Not only did he go yard to tie it up at 3 runs-a piece in the seventh inning and kick opposing starter Max Scherzer off the hill, but his extra-inning, walkoff grand slam marked the first in the history of ever.
To clarify, it's only technically the first walkoff grand slam in MLB playoff history. Back in 1993, Robin Ventura hit one during the 1999 NLCS for the Mets, but he was so busy celebrating the victory, he failed to touch home plate and was credited with a Grand Slam Single. In his defense, however, his stupid teammates carried him off the field before he had a chance to score. (Details, Schmetails.) God, we went from talking about Ventura pretty much never to mentioning him like three times in a week. I'm sure we'll have a lot more
Anyway, Cruz has clearly remembered how to tear the cover off the ball after sporting an embarrassing .067 batting average throughout the ALDS. He also hit the eventual game-winner Saturday night with a solo shot (a million miles awaaaaaaay) in the fourth inning of Game 1.
Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday night with the series shifting to Detroit at 8:05pm ET on FOX. Colby Lewis, who happens to kick a lot of October ass (4-0 in five career postseason starts), will pitch for the Rangers while Doug Fister, who has struggled so far this postseason, takes the hill for the Tigers. In two combined starts against the New York Yankees in the first round, the right-hander went 9.2 innings and surrendered seven runs on 12 hits for a 6.52 ERA. Yikes.
What an uninspired, game-winning call by Joe Buck. Is this boring to him or what? Ass.
[Baseball Time in Arlington]