ALCS Game 1: Yankees 6, Rangers 5
This one will hurt for Texas. The Rangers built a 5-0 lead and appeared to be cruising to a huge first game win of the series until the pinstripes struck in the 8th inning. The first seven batters reached in the top of the inning for the Yankees and suddenly the Rangers 5-0 lead had vanished into a 6-5 deficit. With the score 5-1 to start the 8th, Gardner singled, Jeter doubled to close starter CJ Wilson’s stellar day, Swisher and Teixeira walked to load the bases. A-Rod singled home two runs, Robinson Cano singled in another run to tie it and Marcus Thames gave the Yankees the game-winning run with his single to left to score A-Rod. I don’t know how they do it, but the Yankees did it again in October. Give the Rangers bullpen some credit for not throwing strikes to Swisher/Tex to load the bases to begin with. This has the possibility of being a crushing loss for the Rangers.

Josh Hamilton spotted the Rangers a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he belted a three-run bomb off CC Sabathia. Michael Young doubled in two runs in the fourth inning to give the Rangers the 5-0 lead in what appeared to be two crucial insurance runs. It was all for not though. Cano started the Yankees rally in the 7th inning with a solo home run to get the Bombers on the board to set up the five-run 8th inning.

Wilson ended up getting the no-decision after 7.0 plus innings with three runs allowed on six hits. Maybe Ron Washington let Wilson in too long after seven strong innings, but it was a brilliant performance by Wilson that was wasted thanks to the Rangers bullpen. Sabathia also picked up the no-decision, but deserved the loss after being chased following four innings of work with five runs allowed. Mariano Rivera nailed down the save with a scoreless ninth inning…go figure.

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