What a game! My first playoff game and I wasn’t disappointed. Last year the big saying for the Champion SF Giants was “Fear the Beard,” today the saying of the day was “Fear the Stache” in honor of Derek Holland’s facial hair growth above his upper lip. To be honest, it’s a little weak and ugly, which quite frankly are words that could also describe his performance. So there will be no more stache fear I’m afraid, but Feldman who came in on relief dominated. In fact, our relievers pitched 8 innings of shutout baseball. If that sounds like too many, that is because the game went to 11 innings.
11 innings of playoff baseball!! Talk about intense. From the 7th inning on, after Nelson Cruz’s solo home run to tie the game, no one in the stadium sat down. Every inning, every play, every batter, every pitch was clutch. Three times there were bases loaded since the 7th, even a couple of more times the game winning run was almost scored.
But in the end, in the bottom of the eleventh, the based loaded up with no outs. Nelson Cruz stepped up to the plate. On the second pitch, Cruz hit a pitch 360 feet from home, but about 10 feet foul. But with a 1-2 count, Cruz hit it 10 feet fair instead and made history. Cruz hit the first walk off Grand Slam in MLB Postseason History. What an epic way to end an epic game! Rangers go up 2-0 and one step closer to the World Series.