ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Elvis Andrus #1 (C) and the Texas Rangers rush the field after the walk off grand slam home run of Nelson Cruz #17 in the bottom of the 11th inning to win Game Two of the American League Championship Series 7-3 against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
As part of a season-ending series, we'll take a look at the 13 most memorable moments from the 2011 Texas Rangers season.
When: Oct. 10
What: Game 2 of the ALCS started off pretty poorly as Derek Holland was bounced after 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs and blowing a 2-0 first-inning Rangers lead. After Holland exited, the Rangers bullpen threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings behind the work of Scott Feldman's 4 1/3 innings and the Rangers tied things up in the seventh with a solo home run off the boomstick of Nelson Cruz. But Cruz wasn't finished. In the 11th inning the Rangers got things going when Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli all reached base with no outs and a sacrifice fly being all that stood between the Rangers and a 2-0 ALCS lead. But Cruz is much more dramatic than a simple sacrifice fly. He fouled off a pitch that looked like it might have a shot at clearing the stadium down the left-field line. Then he hit the big one. A blast to left field quickly erased any thought of a sac fly and instead a history-making home run with a walk-off grand slam, the first in postseason history. It was the game that started the ridiculous ALCS performance by Cruz, finishing with six home runs and 13 RBIs while earning MVP honors.
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