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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

MLB.com: Full Nelson: Cruz belts walk-off slam in 11th

Nelson Cruz, batting with no outs, hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Rangers a dramatic 7-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. It was the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history.

The victory, before 51,227 at the Ballpark in Arlington on Monday, put the Rangers up 2-0 in the ALCS with Game 3 scheduled for Tuesday night at Comerica Park in Detroit.
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Mike Adams was the winning pitcher as five Rangers relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings. They gave up four hits, walked two and struck out eight.

NTNgod Posted: October 11, 2011 at 01:11 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian White Posted: October 11, 2011 at 01:16 AM (#3958994)
It was the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history.


Somewhere, Robin Ventura sheds a single tear.
   2. Tripon Posted: October 11, 2011 at 01:29 AM (#3959002)
Its games and series like this that basically cements a fanbase.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2011 at 01:37 AM (#3959015)
All those Rangers deadline deals for relievers look really smart now. Their bullpen has been absolutely lights out.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 11, 2011 at 02:25 AM (#3959073)
Its games and series like this that basically cements a fanbase.

My 9 year old boy, who played in the local rec league at 6 and 7 then quit and who has only barely shown a passing interest in baseball, was jumping and yelling all over the house when Cruz homered then immediately turned on the Wii to play a game of baseball and "hit homers like Nelson Cruz."

I hope it lasts!
   5. Textbook Editor Posted: October 11, 2011 at 02:35 AM (#3959081)
#4 is awesome. I hope so too--that's what the beauty of baseball is all about.
   6. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 11, 2011 at 03:15 AM (#3959136)
That Rangers lineup is stacked, but Nelson Cruz has always been the guy who scares the bejeezus out of me.

I know he's battled a lot of injuries, but I'm surprised his numbers aren't better -- only a 115 career OPS+?
   7. Ebessan Posted: October 11, 2011 at 03:28 AM (#3959148)
He has a .317 ISO since '08. Dude hits hard.
   8. Toothless Posted: October 11, 2011 at 03:55 AM (#3959162)
Sheesh. I wonder what Joe Buck would sound like if he actually pretended to like baseball.
   9. davekemp Posted: October 11, 2011 at 03:59 AM (#3959165)
Sheesh. I wonder what Joe Buck would sound like if he actually pretended to like baseball.


This, times 1000
   10. Ebessan Posted: October 11, 2011 at 04:04 AM (#3959168)
Is the forum consensus that Joe's worst moment of apathy was the Pujols introduction at the '09 ASG?
   11. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: October 11, 2011 at 04:05 AM (#3959170)
Sheesh. I wonder what Joe Buck would sound like if he actually pretended to like baseball.


I noticed it during Andrus' near drop on the bases-loaded flare -- his inflection doesn't change at all. He just gets mildly louder.
   12. JoeHova Posted: October 11, 2011 at 04:07 AM (#3959173)
Is the forum consensus that Joe's worst moment of apathy was the Pujols introduction at the '09 ASG?

I thought it was the Tyree catch in Super Bowl 42.
   13. jobu Posted: October 11, 2011 at 04:25 AM (#3959184)
Its games and series like this that basically cements a fanbase.

I was at the game with my almost-6 year-old. I think it's safe to say that the game made a big impact on him. He memorized "first game-ending grand slam in baseball history" to tell his classmates tomorrow.
   14. Dale H. Posted: October 11, 2011 at 07:35 AM (#3959215)
You should have added the word "postseason" in there somewhere. Maybe you can catch him during breakfast.
   15. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 11, 2011 at 08:55 AM (#3959221)
Yeah, despite the pleasure he's leached from baseball, the Tyree clip is truly the Joe Buck we know and love best.

Too bad Tyree didn't try to sign the ball with a magic marker so Buck could experience some genuine emotion. As Robot Monster said, "To be like the hu-man! To laugh! Feel! Want! Why are these things not in the plan?"
   16. jobu Posted: October 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM (#3959237)
You should have added the word "postseason" in there somewhere. Maybe you can catch him during breakfast.

"Playoff." "Post-season" doesn't pass logical muster with a 5 year-old. Baseball season isn't over yet.
   17. Lassus Posted: October 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM (#3959242)
I find children generally tiresome, but the stories in this thread regarding the same are totally awesome.

Much like Pujols in the series where I'm rooting for Milwaukee, it is difficult not to love Nelson Cruz despite rooting for Detroit.

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