Marcus Semien Gets His Playoff Bat Going | Texas Rangers Keep Rolling To 2-0 ALDS Lead Over Baltimore
Marcus Semien got back on track with a two-hit day in the Rangers 11-8 victory over the Orioles Sunday night. Now, needing only one win to clinch a berth to the ALCS, he sets his sights on a sweep in the biggest game in Arlington since the 2011 World Series.
A dark cloud in the form of a 2-for-22 slump had been hanging over Semien his last four games, but he remained optimistic and as his dad Damien told us on a “Baseball Dads” episode of MLBbro Show Podcast-The Mixtape, Semien doesn’t care about his personal stats as long as he helps the team win in some way.
Marcus Semien Set The Tone For Texas Rangers ALDS Game 2 Win
Sunshine would cast over Camden Yards Sunday afternoon as a leadoff single to left by one of the best leadoff hitters in Rangers’ history showed the light at the end of the tunnel. That hit set the tone for how Texas would attack Orioles Starter Grayson Rodriguez, who did not even make it through three innings before exiting the game.
Semien finished 2-for-5 with a walk, an RBI coming on a sacrifice fly and he also scored on Mitch Garvers grand slam, which was the biggest blow in the game.
With the chance to pop champagne for the third time in two weeks and it being the first Rangers home playoff game since 2016, Tuesday night is the most anticipated game in Arlington since Game 5 of the 2012 World Series.
If Semien is on base and in the mix, that spells trouble for the O’s.
He led the American League with 123 runs and if he gives sluggers Corey Seager and Adolis Garcia ducks on the pound, Baltimore can begin finalizing vacation destinations.
Game three will be Tuesday Night at 7 PM on FOX.