Texas Holds Lead, Ties ALCS At 1 10

The Rangers again jumped all over a Yankees pitcher, but the offense couldn’t pick him up like they did in the first game. The final score was 7-2 as the Yankees and Rangers split the first two games of the ALCS. The series now heads back to the Bronx on Monday night.

Here are some highlights:

  • Phil Hughes only lasted 4 innings and allowed all 7 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks.
  • The Yankees bullpen held the Rangers scoreless the final 4 innings.
  • Robinson Cano is red hot. He hit a bomb to right field and also doubled.
  • Other than that the offense was very quiet. Nobody aside from Cano had a multi-hit game. They did manage 7 walks, but left 12 men on base.

Here is one thing I like, Andy Pettitte is on the mound tomorrow against Cliff Lee. I feel like, if anybody on the Yankees staff can beat Lee right now, it’s Pettitte.

Here’s one thing I don’t like, it’s pretty much a five game series right now and Texas has Lee starting game one. One bright side to this thinking is, the Yankees have home field advantage. <–This is the same exact scenario the Yankees would have been in had they won the division except their rotation isn’t lined up.

For the skeptical out there, this series is not over. No matter what you say, it is not over.

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

10 thoughts on “Texas Holds Lead, Ties ALCS At 1

  • Will

    Wondering if it makes better sense to pitch AJ against Lee. Yanks have done nothing against Texas starters so far and Lee is better than the two they faced. Would hate to see Andy pitch a gem and lose 2-1 or the like. Have a better shot to win game 4 and 5 with Andy and then CC. Would rather run Hughes out there for a game 6 with a 3-2 lead and then have all hands on deck for Game 7.

  • Mike S.

    Passing along this news, courtesy of myself and the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club:

    Yankee sign man Freddy "Sez" Schuman, he of the signs and the lucky frying pan, is in critical condition and on life support at a Manhattan hospital. Freddy, 84, is a familiar face to fans who attend the Stadium. Speaking for myself and the LVYFC, Freddy has always been there to help out at a charitable event. Please keep Freddy in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Will

    Gives Yanks best shot at winning the series which is NOT a loser mentality. Take ego out of it and see where your decision lies. And saying 'go root for the Mets' is a cop out of decent dicussion that I thought you were above… I do agree that Andy does give Yanks the best shot at beating Lee but like I said, tough to roll the dice on wasting his effort.

  • Rob Abruzzese Post author

    Starting Burnett against Lee is the closest thing I can imagine to just giving away a game. I think it's a really bad idea to be giving precious games away. I think Pettitte matches up very well against Lee and gives you a great chance tow in. Burnett is also capable of winning, but why stack him up against their best pitcher? He's already going to have a hard enough time winning. The way the rotation is lined up, the Yankees are very capable of taking the next two games. If you swap Pettitte and Burnett, they would almost be giving a game away. I don't see how that gives them a better shot at winning the series…

  • seasoned observer

    Great start by Andy wasted. Lee was good but the hitters helped him out. Three balls put in play to the opposite field all night. Trying to pull Lee is a recipe for disaster. 3 runs in 26 innings. No productive at bats with runners on. No hits with RISP. Things look bleak for the Mudville nine.

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