Feeling 20, too: García's streak puts him in elite company

August 24th, 2022

DENVER -- There were twenties a-plenty Tuesday night on the corner of Blake and 20th St., as the Rangers lost 7-6 in the hard-fought opener of a two-game set in Colorado after jumping to an early lead, losing it, reclaiming it, then watching it go for good in a combined 21-hit slugfest.

“It's frustrating,” interim manager Tony Beasley said of the one-run loss. “We went into the seventh with a two-run lead, and I felt like we were in a good position with the guys we had to come out of the pen and hopefully finish the game off. We didn't take care of the baseball defensively. That hurt us more than anything else tonight."

Among the consistent hallmarks of Texas games as of late has been Adolis García, who entered rarified air Tuesday night, sidling up beside Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez in the Rangers' record book.

After a mammoth 453-foot home run in Monday’s win in Minnesota -- his 20th of the season -- García spotlighted the rest of his offensive skill set Tuesday. He laced a leadoff double down the left-field line in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to a Major League-best 20 games, adding an RBI-single in the fifth for a 2-for-4 night.

Later in the fourth frame, with one out and the game tied 3-3, García got a jump on strike three to Leody Taveras and successfully swiped third base, his 20th steal of the season. He joined Pudge, becoming just the second player in Rangers history to log a 20-20-20 campaign, with 20 homers, 20 steals and a 20-game hit streak all in a single season.

“If Adolis plays daily and stays healthy, he could possibly be in anyone's company,” Beasley said of García’s rare triple-20. “There's no telling what he'll do. He's very dynamic on the baseball field.”

García showed why he’s earned respect across the Majors for his multi-tooled prowess. He was in the DH slot for the ninth time this season Tuesday night, so he wasn’t able to flash the leather or showcase his arm in the outfield, where he leads all Rangers with 109 starts -- 45 in center and 64 in right -- but his defense is every bit as prominent on his résumé as his batsmanship and baserunning.

“He can do a lot of different things,” Beasley said. “He's super talented, and his skill set -- there's no limit. He can steal bases, he has a great arm, he can outfield assist you. He can hit the ball for average, he can hit for power. He's just a special player to watch, and it's fun to watch him day in and day out. He has fun. He attacks the game, and he relishes the opportunity to do something great. That's what I like about him.”

García wasn’t the only one with 20 on the brain. When Marcus Semien launched his 20th homer 375 feet into the left-field bleachers to open the first frame, he and Corey Seager (26 home runs) became the third Texas double-play tandem ever to each homer 20 times in the same year, joining Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor in 2017 and Michael Young and Alfonso Soriano in both 2004 and 2005.

Seager was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs, while Semien tripled in the fifth, knocking in a run and later scoring as part of a three-run rally to regain the lead. His six August homers are tied for the most in the American League.

A pair of three-run homers did the bulk of the damage for the Rockies, with starter Dane Dunning yielding a game-tying three-run blast to Elias Díaz in the second inning and Brock Burke giving up the three-run game-winner to C.J. Cron in the seventh.

“I tried to do my best to keep the ball on the ground, and for the most part I did,” Dunning said. “Just a couple mistakes. Díaz did a really good job on the slider in the bottom of the zone. I mean, 0-2 should be down in the dirt, but I kind of backed it up and he put a good swing on it.”

Burke took the loss, despite giving up no earned runs for his fourth consecutive outing, and the Rangers saw their three-game winning streak skid to a halt. They look to salvage a split with the Rockies in Wednesday’s finale to head home with a winning six-game road trip through Minnesota and Colorado.