The Yankees-Rangers score in the ALCS Game 4 looked familiar. Although the Yankees-Rangers score looked lopsided at the end of Game 4, the teams were close most of the way. But this showdown had no Cliff Lee or Andy Pettitte to dominate, as the offense was on greater display for both teams. Yet, like in the previous night, the two teams were close for some time, until Texas poured it on in the final innings. But thanks to Game 4, the 10-3 Texas win leaves New York on the brink of the end, if they weren’t already.
For the first time, New York struck first, with a Robinson Canoe home run that might have been interfered with by fans. However, the umpires made it up to the Rangers by ruling a Lance Berkman home run as foul. Texas then manufactured two runs, but New York then jumped back ahead 3-2.
The game was far from a pitcher’s duel, as Tommy Hunter was chased in the fourth inning. But Texas turned to Derek Holland to shut things down, which he did for over three innings. This gave the road team a chance to break through against A.J. Burnett.
All of New York feared that Burnett would tank, and make Joe Girardi look foolish for passing over C.C. Sabathia. Yet Burnett started off better than the other Yankee starters in the ALCS, and was in position to leave with a lead. However, Girardi left him in too long in the sixth, and with two men on, a Bengie Molina blast put Texas ahead for good 5-3.
From then on in, the rout was on, as Josh Hamilton once again went deep in the seventh and the ninth. With an additional Nelson Cruz home run, Texas turned a close game into a blowout for the second straight night. In four innings, the score went from 3-2 New York to 10-3 Texas, and made the ALCS similarly lopsided.
In truth, the series has been lopsided from the start, but after Game 4, it finally looks that way in the standings. Texas is now up by 3-1, as New York is lucky to even be alive at the moment. But although they are still alive, they look like the walking dead in the ALCS.
In addition to the dreadful score, New York also lost Mark Teixiera for the postseason with a strained hamstring. Yet Teixiera had been hitless in the ALCS, so it may not be that big of a loss. But their largely depleted pitching has been a bigger flaw than their depleted bats so far.
After Game 4, Texas has three chances to win their first pennant – and their last chance is with Cliff Lee in Game 7. New York now must hope they take their foot off the gas, like they did against Tampa Bay, starting in Game 5 this afternoon.
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