The Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 2010 ALCS Saturday. It was a game that the Rangers had to win, and they did it by getting to the Yankees starting pitching for the second straight night. Phil Hughes became the second Yankees starter to get pulled in the fifth inning, imploding in similar fashion to what CC Sabathia did on Friday night. This time however, the Rangers bullpen came up strong when they needed to be, and the Rangers held on for a 7-2 victory to even the series at one game each.
Phil Hughes never had control of his pitches in Game 2, and the Rangers took advantage by scoring in four of the five innings that he was on the mound. Again the Rangers jumped to a 5-0 lead before the Yankees crossed the plate, and when they had a 7-1 lead at the end of the fifth inning, it was becoming very clear that the Yankees pitching isn’t up to par right now. Hughes only made it through four plus innings, giving up 10 hits, three walks, and seven earned runs. It seems that it may have been premature for Yankees manager Joe Girardi to move him up in the rotation like he did.
Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis only made it into the sixth inning after passing 100 pitches, and it was up to the bullpen to shut the door on the Yankees. They were far more successful on Saturday than on Friday, as the bullpen only gave up one hit this time around. It took six pitchers to close the door on the Yankees though, but isn’t that what a 25-man roster is for anyways? Now Texas gets to head to New York with the series tied at one, and suddenly it looks like this is a team that can overcome just about any adversity thrown their way by the highest paid team in baseball.
Game 3 of the 2010 ALCS takes place on Monday night, with the game set to be broadcast on TBS again. The starting pitchers are going to be Andy Pettitte for the Yankees and Cliff Lee for the Rangers, setting up what could be a really impressive pitching duel between two of the most successful postseason pitchers out there. The first pitch for Game 3 will be around 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET), and will be the first of the three games that take place in New York before the teams potentially head back to Texas for the final two games.
Full 2010 ALCS Schedule
Game 1: Friday, October 15 @ Texas (TBS at 5 p.m. PT)
Game 2: Saturday, October 16 @ Texas (TBS at 1 p.m. PT)
Game 3: Monday, October 18 @ New York (TBS at 5 p.m. PT)
Game 4: Tuesday, October 19 @ New York (TBS at 5 p.m. PT)
Game 5: Wednesday, October 20 @ New York (TBS at 1 p.m. PT)
Game 6: Friday, October 22 @ Texas (TBS at 5 p.m. PT)
Game 7: Saturday, October 23 @ Texas (TBS at 5 p.m. PT)