ALCS Game 2 – Rangers 7, Yanks 2

No comeback this time.  The Rangers got a game they absolutely had to have and tied the series at 1-1.  The Yanks lose for the first time this postseason and the Rangers break a 10-game playoff losing streak against the Pinstripers, going back to 1996.

Texas made all the plays, made all the pitches and got all the big hits today.  The Yanks made the first mistake — a brain freeze throw to second by Posada that allowed Andrus to steal home in the first inning — and never got a clutch hit all night.  They had seven hits and seven walks, but left two runners on in the second, third, sixth seventh and ninth innings.

The real issue, of course, is that you cannot overcome bad starting pitching night after night.  The key stat through two games:

  • NY starters:  8 innings, 16 hits,  12 runs
  • NY relievers:  9 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs

Now it’s back to New York for three games starting Monday night. 

Tomorrow?  Let’s go Big Blue, Giants-Lions at 1 pm.

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