Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo had a nice achievement on Thursday evening against the Tigers, smacking his 69th career home run. The blast came in the top of the second inning with a man on base. Gallo pulverized a 2-1 slider from Matt Boyd.
Along with 69 career dingers, Gallo also has 143 RBI in 283 career games. This season, he has 21 round-trippers and 48 RBI in 85 games.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.
Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.
Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.
Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.