Coming off a sweep at the hands of the Astros in Houston last weekend and a revenge no-no by Corey Kluber in his return to Texas with the Yankees, a rematch series with the other Lone Star Series contestant at home proved to be the cure to the Rangers’ recent ails.
The home series against the Astros was especially kind to one Adolis “El Bombi” Garcia, who walked off the Astros TWICE in one weekend as part of a Texas Rangers sweep.
Revenge served twice is nice.
El Bombi’s latest chapter in a growing legend may not have been accompanied by the same fireworks as some of the previous ones, but ended up being just as instrumental: a walk-off single in the 10th inning off Astros’ closer Ryan Pressly to drive in Nick Solak for the game-winning run.
Adolis Garcia was the clutch hitting specialist for the Texas Rangers during their home series with the Astros.
Singles, extra base hits, home runs, we don’t care how Garcia gets it done. It’s the simple fact that he keeps delivering in the clutch that truly adds to his legend status.
And to do so in walk-off fashion twice in a three game series against the hated Houston Astros only makes his flair for the dramatic that much more satisfying.
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Adolis Garcia owns the Houston Astros, plain and simple. Even Climbing Tal’s Hill, FanSided’s Astros site, argued that the team should’ve ceased pitching to the 28-year-old sensation during the series considering he was making out like prime Albert Pujols or Barry Bonds against them.
Case in point: for the series, El Bombi went 5-15 at the plate, good for a .333 average. Out of those five hits, all were game-tying or go ahead/winning knocks and all produced RBIs.
That’s pretty incredible. And yet the Astros kept opting to pitch to him, which won’t draw any sympathies from us!
What’s more, four of those five hits were for extra bases, including three home runs. Is that good?
Garcia may have only had one hit in the series finale, but that one hit, much like the others he’s had recently, was saved for a situation requiring a hero.
And El Bombi clearly had no problem being that hero.
On the season, Garcia is slashing .291/.329/.932 with 14 home runs (second in MLB) and 38 RBIs. The latter two figures lead the team.
Whether he keeps up the production remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: Adolis Garcia sure can’t wait to face the Astros again soon!