García adds walk-off toss to growing legend

May 9th, 2021

has shown he has a flair for the dramatic all season, and that continued Saturday night in the Rangers' 9-8 win over the Mariners at Globe Life Field.

In the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, two outs and runners on first and third, García -- playing deep in center field -- couldn’t make a diving catch on a shallow line-drive single from J.P. Crawford, as the ball caromed off the heel of his glove several feet to his right toward left-center field. He recovered beautifully, gathering the ball and firing to home plate in time for catcher Jonah Heim to tag Kyle Lewis and end the game.

García hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to tie the game before the Rangers eventually took the lead.

“I’m not good with words to describe it,” joked manager Chris Woodward. “I guess he does have a flair for the dramatic. He doesn't get rattled, he loves being in those spots, whether it's on offense or defense. This guy just feeds off of those moments, and it's coming through, time and time again, in a short amount of time.”

Mariners first baseman Evan White said it was a tough way to lose, but he pointed out that García made a “heck of a throw to end the ballgame there.”

Heim, the Rangers' rookie catcher, said he wasn’t sure exactly how the ball was going to play on the turf at Globe Life Field. He relied on his instincts to take over, with too much going on around him to stop and think.

Heim had a clutch hit, smashing a go-ahead RBI double down the third-base line in the eighth inning, in addition to the game-ending tag.

“We felt good and confident, and then they got a hit like that and it's kind of back-breaking,” Heim said of the start of the sequence. “And then you see Adolis come up and throw an absolute rocket. I kind of got scared, because that turf doesn't slow it down. I was lucky enough to make the pick and make the tag. He made a great throw, and we got out of there with the win. That's all you can really ask for.”

Joey Gallo said he couldn’t put into words what happened, just saying it was crazy to watch from where he was in right field. Gallo was shocked that Seattle was sending Lewis in the first place.

“I saw them just waving him, and I was like, ‘Dang. They're about to tie this game up,’ and then I was just praying that García picked it up,” Gallo said. “As soon as I saw him throw it, I was like, 'All right, we got a shot here.' I knew it was gonna one-hop Jonah, and that's a really tough play. The way he picked that and made a tag, it was unbelievable. The gods are on our side today for that.”