OMAHA—We’ve got an amazing game going in Game One of the CWS Finals. Texas has just tied the score 6-6 on D.J. LeMahieu’s two-run double down the left-field line in the top of the ninth inning. What struck me about LeMahieu’s big hit was that he actually turned on the ball with authority. For most of this season, he tended to inside-out everything to right field—I can’t ever remember seeing him pull a ball for a hit in about 15 games over the last two years (and that’s only a slight exaggeration). Scouts have told me he’s started to turn on the ball better down the stretch, and I noticed he cranked two long home runs to left in batting practice today. Then, in the game, he hit a solo homer to straightaway center in the seventh, then went down the left-field line in the ninth.
Texas is back to being plain old small ball Texas in the bottom of the ninth. Tim Maitland started the inning with a hit by pitch, and Connor Rowe bunted him over to second. Now it’s up to the top of the lineup to get Maitland in to avoid extra innings.
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