The Yankees-Rangers score in the ALCS Game 6 reflected the entire series. Most of the Yankees-Rangers scores were blowouts, and most of them favored Texas. Although New York had the more famous, expensive, and well known sluggers in the ALCS, it was the Texas bats that made the most noise. In addition, it was their pitchers that also came up big – pitchers other than Cliff Lee at that. The Game 6 score put a fitting end to the series, as the 6-1 Texas win told the same old story.
Once more, a New York starter got off to a slow start, as Phil Hughes gave up a first inning run. In addition, the New York bats also couldn’t get going, as Colby Lewis held them hitless for four innings. However, a wild pitch – which perhaps should have been a hit-by-pitch – tied things up at 1 in the fifth.
But the Yankees-Rangers score changed for good in the bottom half due to a failed strategy. Hughes intentionally walked Josh Hamilton with two outs and a base open, to get to Vladimir Guerrero. Yet Guerrero did even greater damage than Hamilton in Game 6, getting a two-run double that all but decided things.
Once Nelson Cruz got a two-run homer right afterward, the party began in Texas. Lewis had no more trouble after that, as he got through eight innings and only gave up three hits. This would be his second win of the ALCS, and the last one the Rangers needed.
Texas could have collapsed after their Game 1 defeat, but Lewis helped them get back on track the next day. A week later, the Yankees-Rangers score for Game 6 would show no impossible comebacks for New York.
In every ALCS win, Texas got at least one big inning to shred the New York pitching staff. And in every win, clutch pitching played a part as well, whether it was Lewis in Games 2 and 6, Cliff Lee in Game 3, or long reliever Derek Holland in Game 4.
If not for the Game 1 collapse, the ALCS could have ended in a sweep. And if Texas had taken advantage of a few chances off C.C. Sabathia in Game 5, they might not have needed to clinch at home. Nevertheless, Game 6 was much sweeter than a clinching win at Yankee Stadium could have been.
The long-suffering Rangers fans, who never even saw a postseason win until last Saturday, got to see a historic pennant. What’s more, they rejoiced over Cliff Lee being able to start off the World Series, instead of a Game 7 tonight.
Nearly every Yankees-Rangers ALCS score was lopsided, giving the impression that the series was no contest. In a way, it wasn’t, as Texas overwhelmed the defending champions – and if they follow form four more times, they will be defending champions themselves next year.
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