The 2010 ALCS Game 1 result didn’t turn out the way that the Texas Rangers wanted it to on Monday. The New York Yankees came back from a five run deficit to win Game 1 on Friday, tearing the hearts out of the Rangers and their fans in a game that seemed over after the fourth inning. Now the Rangers will have to try and recover in time to put up a good fight on Saturday, and the Yankees advance to Game 2 with extreme momentum on their side.
CC Sabathia was the starting pitcher for the Yankees in Game 1, and it had seemed like he would be starting out the Yankees on the right foot. The Rangers struck first though, as Elvis Andrus and Michael Young got on base to start the game, and Josh Hamilton then hit a three run home run. With no outs in the first inning, the Rangers were suddenly out to a 3-0 lead, and the fans in Arlington were going crazy with excitement.
The Rangers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, chasing Sabathia from the game, and taking a lead that seemed almost insurmountable. The problem is that they were playing against the Yankees, a team with some of the best offensive stars in the game of baseball right now.
Robinson Cano connected with a solo home run in the seventh inning, but the Yankees did their real damage in the eighth inning. With C.J. Wilson still pitching for the Rangers, the Yankees started drawing walks and getting key hits that suddenly found them scoring runs. When the smoke had cleared at the end of the eighth inning, the Yankees had scored five runs, and took at 6-5 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. By that point though, the wind had been knocked out of the Rangers in a gut punch that could be tough to recover from.
In a game where it seemed Mariano Rivera was going to have the night off, he came into the game in the ninth inning and slammed the door for yet another Yankees ALCS win. There is no delay between Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2010 ALCS, so the Rangers have got to dig deep and come back with even more energy on Saturday night. If they don’t, the Yankees could be taking a 2-0 series lead back to New York with the chance to win the series next week.
Game 2 of the Yankees vs. Rangers series will take place in Texas on Saturday, October 16 beginning at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET).