Two days after getting into an altercation in Game 5, Texas Rangers slugger Adolis Garcia delivered a resounding message to the Houston Astros and their fans in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) on Sunday night.
With Texas leading 5–2 in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, the 30-year-old Cuban professional baseball outfielder and MLB All-Star stepped into the box having struck out in his previous four at-bats.
As was the case all night, a fiery chorus of boos shrouded Garcia from the Astros faithful still heated over his exchange with pitcher Bryan Abreu and catcher Martín Maldonado for hitting him with a pitch.
The tense moment would prove not to be too much for Garcia, however, he mashed a monster grand slam to extend the lead and silence the crowd inside Minute Maid Park in the process.
Garcia’s 375-foot bomb not only marked his fifth homer of the postseason but, given the lingering tension, also gave the outfielder and Texas a strong measure of revenge in a must-win game.
With Sunday’s game now in the record books, Garcia and the Rangers, after keeping their season alive, will look to keep the momentum going with a win in Game 7 on Monday to advance to the World Series.