The Texas Rangers came to Chase Field for Game 3 of the World Series in the 2023 season and grabbed the victory from the Arizona Diamondbacks with a score of 3-1. However, the team led by Bruce Bochy should be cautious for the following games because of the injury to the outfielder Adolis García.
Max Scherzer’s brief departure
Max Scherzer excelled on the mound while he was at it. The Texas starter kept a scoreless score on the board during the three innings he pitched, only allowing two hits, negotiating a couple of walks and managing to strike out Evan Longoria. Unfortunately, the three-time Cy Young winner had to leave the game in the bottom of the third inning because the discomfort after being hit in the back by a ball was unbearable due to Alek Thomas’ hit during the second inning.
Three runs in the third inning
The Rangers reached the third inning to open the scoring. After Nathaniel Lowe’s double, Marcus Semien sent his teammate to the record with a powerful line drive to center field. Then, the ninth Texan added to his lead with a home run by Corey Seager that allowed Semien to reach home amid cheers from some visiting fans at Chase Field. The infielder’s home run allowed the ninth-ranked Texan to keep alive a 14-game hitting streak.
Relays by Jon Gray and Josh Sborz
Bruce Bochy sent Jon Gray to the mound in place of Scherzer and the first relief of the night was successful. The right-handed pitcher completed three innings and struck out three Diamonbacks despite allowing one hit. Josh Sborz took the mound for the seventh inning and delivered a dose of potassium to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Alex Thomas.
Ketel Marte kept his hit streak alive
The Dominican player already has the longest hitting streak of the postseason and tonight he extended it with a sixth roll to reach 19. Marte hit a line drive to right field that Marcus couldn’t catch. Semien in the first attempt.
The D-Backs’ response wasn’t enough
The Rangers’ victory was in jeopardy starting in the eighth inning when Aroldis Chapman appeared on the mound. First, the Cuban reliever allowed a double to pinch-hitter Emmanuel Rivera and then got the D-Backs’ first run on an RBI single by Geraldo Perdomo. However, the eighth down ended in a double play at the expense of Perdomo and Marte. In the ninth inning, Gabriel Moreno, Christian Walker and José Leclerc controlled the last three outs of the night.