The Texas Rangers got some terrible news before Game 4 of the World Series on Tuesday night, finding out that Max Scherzer (back) and Adolis Garcia (oblique) were both done for the season.
It would have been understandable if the Rangers came out flat against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but instead they played with a vengeance. They scored early and often, racking up 5 runs in the second inning and 5 more runs in the third. Texas coasted from there, surviving a late scare from Arizona and hanging on for an 11-7 victory.
Only one win stands between the Rangers and their first World Series championship in franchise history, which they could clinch as soon as tonight. But before we look ahead to Game 5, let's look back at the studs and duds of Game 4.
Stud: Marcus Semien
Rangers fans have been waiting all month for Semien to show up, and on Tuesday, it finally happened.
Semien came into the game batting just .197/.264/.227 in October with no home runs and 3 RBIs, showing none of the power that produced 29 homers and 100 RBIs during the regular season.
Fortunately, he rediscovered his power stroke at the perfect time. Texas needed a boost in the power department without Garcia, and Semien delivered, going 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer, 2 runs and 5 RBIs from the leadoff spot.
That's more like it. Semien was in the middle of both of the Rangers' 5-run frames, ripping a 2-run triple in the second and a 3-run homer in the third. Those huge hits helped Texas build a commanding 10-0 lead early on that ultimately proved insurmountable.
We'll see what Semien can do for an encore in Game 5, but he finally looked like himself again. It's about time.