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The waiting time is over. The Texas Rangers are World Series champions.
They captured the first title in franchise history with a 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Texas also finished its postseason run with an 11-0 record on the road.
Arizona looked like the team to win through the first five innings, stranding runners on base in each — but the Rangers were the first to break through, getting their first hit of the game in the seventh inning and then scoring the first run.
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Texas: The Rangers spent much of October praising Nathan Eovaldi’s prowess in big games. And on the first night of November, when Zac Gallen dominated a threatening Rangers lineup through the first six innings, Eovaldi stepped up as ever, consistently getting out of trouble to give his offense a chance to break through late. and I did. The Rangers — a team that lost 102 games in 2021, then spent big in free agency and lured manager Bruce Bochy out of retirement — are World Series champions for the first time in their franchise’s 62-year history. They got there by going 11-0 on the road this season. They got there by constantly overcoming adversity. And they got there by embodying the audacity that Eovaldi so often displays. -Alden Gonzalez
Arizona: The D-backs fought hard but in the end were beaten by a better team. Game 5 will be remembered for Zac Gallen’s six hitless innings but also the D-Backs’ inability to get just one base hit in a big situation. Plenty of chances but with nothing on the scoreboard to show for it, with 11 runners stranded. This must be a frustrating way to end your season. But what a season it was. Discarded as an afterthought in the mighty National League West, the D-backs survived three rounds of the postseason to capture their first World Series since 2001. They did so with three starting pitchers, including a rookie, as well as a young roster That made its way deep into the postseason. With 23-year-olds like Corbin Carroll and Gabriel Moreno, this doesn’t have to be a one-and-done situation. Most of the roster will be under team control next year with only key veterans Tommy Pham and Evan Longoria scheduled to hit free agency. The ending was bad, as Arizona lost three straight home games, but the entire season was not like that. –Jesse Rogers
One big number: 51. That’s how many seasons the Texas Rangers played in Arlington without winning a World Series. No fan base in the Major League could endure a longer wait. The Baltimore Orioles didn’t win their first title until 1966, a 64-year wait, but most of that came while the franchise was the St. Louis Browns. The Rangers franchise also went titleless through 11 seasons as a new version of the Washington Senators. With the wait over in Arlington, the focus now turns to the Seattle Mariners, who have not won a title in their 47 years of existence. – Bradford Doolittle