Best Texas Rangers home runs in the ALCS
Texas swept Baltimore and moved on to the ALCS against the rival Houston Astros. That is where our next stop on our journey takes us is to the ALCS. The next home run on the list came in Game 6 of the ALCS. This home run flies a little under the radar due to the one that will follow it, but Mitch Garver's tying home run in the 2nd inning of this game was crucial. The Rangers were fresh off losing three straight to the Astros at home and were now trailing a series for the first time all postseason. The morale was low for Rangers fans, it seemed that Houston getting one win at home was all too likely with the momentum they had gained. Garver tied the game up after the Astros took an early lead and showed the Rangers would not be going down without a fight.
Later in that same game, El Bombi gave an encore to his grand slam from July. Of course there is much backstory to this home run. Bryan Abreu put a fastball in between Adolis Garcia's shoulder blades in Game 5 and Garcia whipped around to Maldonado to let him know he didn't believe it was an accident. Unfortunately, Jose Altuve went on to hit a go-ahead home run in the 9th of that game that sent the series back to Houston with the Astros having all the momentum.
Following the drama of Game 5, Garcia was booed at every at-bat of Game 6. Up until his fourth at-bat it seemed like it was definitely in his head. He had struck out four times, swinging for the fences in an attempt to make a statement each time. In his fifth at-bat, he made his statement. He sent Astros fans for the exits and the ALCS to Game 7.
His two-homer game in Game 7 to follow is an honorable mention for me, but his grand slam in Game 6 is what felt like swung the momentum back the Rangers way.