In a gripping Game 5 performance, Nathan Eovaldi powered through six challenging innings, with Mitch Garver shattering a deadlock with a key RBI single in the seventh, propelling the Texas Rangers to clinch their first-ever World Series title. Their triumph came at the expense of the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a decisive 5-0 shutout victory on Wednesday night.
Crowned as the Series MVP, Corey Seager, along with the rest of the Rangers, received heartfelt congratulations from former President George W. Bush:
“To all the Texas Rangers supporters, tonight is your night, and I join in your jubilation. Kudos to the team owners, management, and coaching crew, the front office, and everyone in the organization. And a special salute to the players for securing our club’s maiden World Series title. This represents the pinnacle of baseball, and Laura and I take immense pride in this team.”
Bush, who was previously both a managing partner and a member of the Rangers’ ownership group before his governorship, celebrated the victory with them.
The Rangers’ offense came alive in the later innings, with Marcus Semien’s homer being a highlight, overturning the no-hit bid by Arizona’s Zac Gallen into an 11-0 road record this postseason. They concluded the World Series with a trio of consecutive wins in Arizona’s home territory.
After a lopsided Game 4, the Rangers kept their composure in Game 5, eventually breaking the tension with four runs in the ninth to seal their victory.
Gallen’s attempt at a no-hitter was foiled in the seventh by a Seager single, and soon after, a young Evan Carter doubled, setting the stage for Garver’s pivotal run-scoring hit. This marked Garver’s ascent from a 1-for-17 slump at the plate in the Series.
The ninth inning saw the Rangers extend their lead with a flurry of runs, punctuated by Semien’s two-run shot off Paul Sewald, a signature move by a team that had consistently scored in multiples throughout the postseason.
Eovaldi’s pitching prowess was well-supported by Aroldis Chapman and Josh Sborz to seal the game.
The journey to this championship has been long for the Rangers, beginning in 1961 as the Washington Senators, and enduring near-misses, notably the heartbreak in the 2011 Series. Through multiple stadiums, managers, and over 10,000 games, they now stand as champions.
Despite challenges, including relinquishing the AL West title to Houston on the season’s last day and enduring significant injuries, the Rangers remained resilient. Their playoff odyssey took them across the country, culminating in a hard-fought victory over Houston and setting them up for their Series run against the Diamondbacks.
Arizona’s Gallen, an All-Star season standout, struggled in the playoffs but brought his best in Game 5, until the Rangers’ offense broke through.
Eovaldi, for his part, matched Gallen’s zero-run performance, overcoming five walks to keep the game tight until the Rangers’ bats could make the difference.
Texas manager Bruce Bochy achieved his fourth managerial title, joining an elite group of Hall of Fame managers and etching his name in the annals of baseball history.
The Rangers’ strategic investments, particularly in Semien, Seager, and Jon Gray, have finally paid off, as their diligent pursuit of a championship has borne fruit, leaving only five franchises without a World Series title.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks reflect on their sole championship win in 2001, as the Rangers celebrate a long-awaited victory.