Monday, July 20, 2009

Mizzou Baseball in the Minors & Majors: Walk-offs

Grand Finale: Folgia's home run helps rally Scrappers past Tigers (
Greg Folgia’s (07-09) walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth helped lift the Scrappers to an 8-6, come-from-behind victory over the Oneonta Tigers in New York-Penn League action Sunday at Eastwood Field.

“I was looking for a fastball, hoping that he [reliever Jose Ortega] wouldn’t throw his wicked slider and that is exactly what he threw me,” Folgia said. “We won and that is all that counts. It was a great win, especially the way we had to come back but to sweep Oneonta, an excellent team and the leaders in the Stedler Division, made it all the more special.”

Folgia finished with five RBIs.

“I never had [five] RBIs in college so I will have time to digest what just transpired. This will make our bus ride to Aberdeen a little more comfortable,” Folgia said.

A 40th round draft pick this past June out of the University of Missouri, Folgia has impressed the Indians’ brass, especially manager Travis Fryman.

“To tell you the truth, I am glad that it was him [Folgia]. You gotta love the kid. He’s extremely intense, works hard and is always ready to play,” Fryman said.

Kinsler starts with homer, then walks off (
Ian Kinsler (03) started Sunday's game with a home run. It's fitting he ended it with one, too.

"What a win," manager Ron Washington said of his team's 5-3 walk-off win on Sunday against the Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. "They never quit, and tonight was an example of it. It was great. We needed it."

Kinsler hit the second pitch he saw from Twins starter Francisco Liriano over the left-center wall to put the Rangers ahead, 1-0, in the first inning. The slugging second baseman finished the game 12 innings later. The Twins brought in former Ranger R.A. Dickey, who has since added a knuckleball to his repertoire. Kinsler swung hard at several pitches before connecting on his game-winning shot.

"It was a fastball that he tried to get by me," Kinsler said. "He had a good fastball before. He's tough with that knuckleball floating in there. If I was surprised, I wouldn't have hit it over."

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