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Arlington, TX (Oct 22) – The New York Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers tonight by the score of 6-1. The Rangers are advancing to their first ever World Series, they totally outplayed the Yankees this whole series.
Phil Hughes got the start and looked like he would battle his way through at least five innings but he gave up a big two run double that broke a 1-1 tie and his night was done after 4 2/3 innings. Hughes ended up pitching 4 2/3 innings giving up four hits, four runs, and four walks with three strikeouts.
Dave Robertson who had a terrible series pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and one run. Kerry Wood pitched two innings giving up one hit and one run with two walks and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect inning.
The story of the game was Colby Lewis who beat the Yankees for the second time in this series and dominated them tonight. Lewis pitched eight innings giving up three hits and one run with three walks and seven strikeouts. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth inning retiring the Yankees in order.
The Yankees offense, which was non-existent most of the series, was absent again tonight. The only run was scored on a questionable call as Nick Swisher was hit with a pitch on a bounce and the ball got away scoring Alex Rodriguez. If it was ruled, it hit him it would have been first and third one out, and who knows what would have happened.
Lance Berkman and Jorge Posada had the only other hits of the game and Curtis Granderson had two walks, Brett Gardner had a walk. They just could not get anything going on offense at all; Cano and Granderson were the only Yankees who had a good series.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI groundout by Vlad Guerrero, the Yankees tied it in the fifth inning, but the Rangers scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Rangers scored two runs on a Guerrero double and two-run home run by Nelson Cruz. It was 5-1 Rangers and they tacked on another run in the seventh inning.
The Rangers really should have swept the Yankees in four straight. The only reason the Yankees got to a sixth game was that they had a great eighth inning in Game 1. The Yankees had a team ERA of over six and did not hit at all. There biggest stars had terrible series.
There was something that seemed to be missing this season as the Yankees were a good team that made it to game six of the ALCS but they didn’t have that same feeling they had last season. I do think the bottom line is pitching and they did not have as good of pitching this season.
The Yankees thought they had better pitching with Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes developing with A.J. Burnett, C.C. Sabathia, and Andy Pettitte. It will be interesting to see how the Yankees proceed, they saw something they really liked about Ivan Nova in September, but they have to see if Pettitte is coming back and if they get Lee as a free agent. If they do not get Lee and Pettitte retires where will they turn?
It will be a long winter but in three and a half months it will be time for pitchers and catchers and the journey will start all over again.