García's late moonshot lifts Rangers to 'W'

Lowe follows with a solo shot for back-to-back homers for Texas

April 22nd, 2021

Adolis García played hero for the Rangers once again in their 7-4 victory over the Angels to take the series at Angel Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. He knew the ball was gone exactly when he hit it, bat flipping and trotting down the first-base line, beating his chest. 

Manager Chris Woodward said that he loves the emotions that García plays with and encourages the different styles of play from each of his players in the clubhouse, whether it’s a bat flip or a simple jog around the bases. 

“He's excited he hit a home run in the Major Leagues to give his team a chance to win the game and I'm all about that,” Woodward said. “We’ve got to play this game with joy. We’ve got to enjoy those moments. They don't happen all the time.”

“It’s an extremely amazing feeling,” García said through an interpreter. “Coming off the bat, I knew [it was gone] and it's uncontrollable to feel that knowing that we were behind and that put us in the lead. I had no control over my emotions, and I’m just happy that the results came out the way they did.”

García said that he knew he would get a chance at a good at-bat, seeing Nick Solak and Joey Gallo draw back-to-back walks in front of him. He went in with the mindset of being patient and waiting for something good to hit.

García’s three-run home run -- which traveled a projected 411 feet -- carried Texas to a win in Anaheim. The homer was García’s third since his callup on April 14. All three of his home runs have been go-ahead shots.

García said that the only plan when he got called up to the big leagues was to come in and do whatever it took to help the team win. The individual accolades are nice, but he wants it to be focused on making the Rangers a better team overall.

The Rangers have won all three games in which he has hit a home run. Woodward said that he’s seen a patience at the plate this season that he hasn’t seen from García in the past. He’s staying more in the strike zone and hitting the ball on the barrel up the middle of the field.

“I’m just trying to enjoy the moments that I’m having,” García said. “I’m not trying to do too much, and I’m just trying to live this dream, you know. This is my dream, it is what I’ve always wanted to do and I’m trying to enjoy it as long as it goes. That's all you really need to know.”

First baseman Nate Lowe quickly followed with a solo shot of his own, making it the second time that the Rangers have hit back-to-back home runs this season, with the other instance consisting of two solo shots from David Dahl and Solak last Friday against the Orioles. It also marked the first time that Texas has hit back-to-back home runs on the road since July 19, 2019, against Houston (Rougned Odor and Asdrúbal Cabrera).

The Rangers got on the board first in the top of the fourth, when Gallo walked. He was hitless in the game, but he scored twice and added an RBI walk -- his third free pass of the game -- in the ninth inning. For his patience at the plate, Gallo received the game MVP cowboy hat from his teammates.

“It's a huge thing for us as an offense when our best player is stubborn in the strike zone,” Woodward said. “It just sends a message; the things that he's been doing as a baseball player and creating this mentality as a team. I can't say honestly enough about his leadership, on the field, off the field, everything.”