The Yankees-Rangers score shocked everyone in different ways. At first, the Yankees-Rangers score turned the ALCS on its head because of a 5-0 lead for Texas. All of a sudden, it looked like New York would be on the ropes for the rest of the ALCS once these results went final. A win would mean that Texas could take an insurmountable 2-0 lead today, with Cliff Lee set to make it 3-0 on Monday. But instead, the final score was a greater game changer, as New York restored order and then some with a 6-5 comeback.
C.C. Sabathia is New York’s ace, but compared to the likes of Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum and Lee, he looked average in the ALDS. The ALCS opener made him look worse, as Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer off the bat, and Texas looked set to blow the game open in the 1’st.
Yet the score stayed manageable for New York, when Nelson Cruz was called out at home after a wild pitch. But when Michael Young got a two-run double in the fourth, it seemed like it wouldn’t make a difference.
Robinson Canoe got the scoring started for New York with a seventh-inning home run, but it was still 5-1 going into the eighth. C.J. Wilson had kept the Yankees in check, but a Brett Gardner infield hit and a Derek Jeter double got him chased out. Yet Rangers’ closer Neftali Feliz was not called into the game – and those who Ron Washington did send in couldn’t get an out.
Before the first out of the eighth was made, the Yankees-Rangers score had suddenly shifted to 6-5 in favor of New York. The wound opened further when Ian Kinsler was picked off on the base paths in the eighth, and Hamilton made the last out in the ninth with a man on second.
The opener of the ALCS looked just like a few other games this postseason. Like in Game 1 against the Twins, the Yankees got a crushing rally, against a team they have dominated in October before. Like in Game 3 against the Rays, the Rangers’ bullpen blew what could have been their first home postseason victory.
Texas finally rallied back from that collapse on the road, thanks to Cliff Lee. But the Yankees-Rangers Game 1 score will be harder to recover from, if they don’t win Game 2 today. New York is counting on a comeback win to fuel an easy series victory, just like it did against the Twins.
Today, Texas could have put New York on the brink of an ALCS blowout. However, they are the team facing early elimination – even with Lee on the horizon – if they don’t rally this afternoon. Game 2 will prove if last night’s score set the tone for the whole series, starting today at 4:07 p.m. est on TBS.
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