When the Texas Rangers snagged Cliff Lee away from the New York Yankees midseason, the one fear Yankee fans had was that the Bronx Bombers would be forced to face Lee in the postseason. They had good reason to be afraid.
Cliff Lee struck out 13 Yankees on his way to becoming the first pitcher to record three games with 10 or more strikeouts in the same postseason.
Lee allowed only two hits and a walk in eight innings of work. Rangers’ closer Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to complete the shutout victory.
Eight different Rangers recorded hits in Game 3, including a three-hit performance by Michael Young and two-hit performance by Josh Hamilton, including a first-inning home run off of Andy Pettitte.
Pettitte exited the game after allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. New York’s bullpen surrendered six runs in the top of the ninth.
Game 4 of the American League Championship Series resumes on Tuesday in New York.
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