The Yankees-Rangers score yesterday may not have turned the ALCS around. Despite the Yankees-Rangers score in Game 5 turning out well for New York, their 7-2 win isn’t the end of the struggle. Winning Game 5 in New York is one thing, since the home team had to defend its turf at some point. But doing the same thing twice in Texas, with Cliff Lee looming on the second try, is something else altogether. Yet the Yankees’ score was still better than the alternative for New York.
After two straight crushing losses, the Yankees were starting to be declared dead by the experts. The Rangers had all the momentum, a perfect road record in the postseason, and a hot C.J. Wilson going against a struggling C.C. Sabathia. Yet expectations were defied one more time in the ALCS.
The score immediately looked different in Game 5, in that New York struck first early and often. A three-run second inning got them soaring early, followed by back-to-back homers in the third by Nick Swisher and red-hot Robinson Canoe. For once, it was New York that was off to a five-run lead in this series.
However, Texas had their opportunities, like they have throughout the ALCS. Yet, in Game 5, they did not take advantage, as C.C. Sabathia did not completely break. Sabathia struggled once again, as he gave up 11 hits in six innings. But unlike in Game 1, he gave up no big bombs, and held the Rangers to just two runs.
With so many opportunities forfeited, the score became too much of a deficit for Texas. Two more New York runs sealed it, although even if they didn’t, Mariano Rivera would have shut them down anyway. Rivera still came on for the first time in almost a week to finish the 7-2 win.
After the ALCS Game 5, Texas is still right where they want to be, up 3-2. Yet, for the second straight series, they could not finish an opponent on their first try out. Now that New York sees some light at the end of the tunnel, they could do what Tampa Bay did and even the series in Texas. But like Tampa Bay, they’d have to face Lee in a deciding game afterward.
It says something that New York is now dying to face Lee again, yet that’s what it has come to now. The Yankees-Rangers score in Game 5 started the process, as the defending champions avoided having another team celebrate on their turf. However, the Rangers have two chances to celebrate on theirs.
Having home field advantage has not paid off for Texas thus far. Still, the Game 5 score didn’t erase their series lead, although another loss tomorrow night will.
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