I was back and ready for some more playoff action on Sunday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. I was hoping this would not be my last game of the season and was having the same thoughts run through my head as I did the prior Sunday for this game. I wanted to see Texas make the World Series and be able to attend a World Series game for the first time ever. More on that to come later on but once the gates opened I headed out towards center field where I had been at for batting practice the previous day. I got some great shots prior to the Rangers actually taking batting practice such as this shot of Josh Hamilton:
And our big acquisition prior to the trade deadline in 2010 – Cliff Lee:
I was pumped up for batting practice to get underway and the big hero of the day to me would end up being Vladimir Guerrero who quickly hit a ball towards right center and I easily camped underneath it for my second ball of the ALCS and my lifetime 17th baseball. I was thrilled to be on the board once again and more importantly get a baseball this time from a Ranger!
The Rangers hopped onto another 5-0 lead after three innings after an exciting double steal in the first inning from Elvis Andrus who stole home and Josh Hamilton who stole second. Two runs in the second inning were produced by a David Murphy solo home run and a Michael Young RBI double.
The third inning saw the Rangers get two more runs off Yankees starter Phil Hughes on back to back RBI doubles from David Murphy and Bengie Molina pushing it to 5-0. The Yankees added a run in the fourth inning on a Lance Berkman RBI single scoring Nick Swisher and cutting it to 5-1 off of Texas starter Colby Lewis. The Rangers chased Phil Hughes in the fifth inning with a Nelson Cruz double and Ian Kinsler’s triple which brought Cruz in to make it 6-1 Texas. Mitch Moreland would end up getting a single off of new relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain extending the lead to 7-1.
The only other run the Yankees would get on the evening would be on a Robinson Cano homer in the sixth inning. In the ninth inning it was time for 2010 American League Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz to come on albeit in a non save situation.
Feliz did have a bit of trouble in the ninth with two back to back walks but he got Alex Rodriguez to ground out and Cano to fly out to left to end the game and set the scene for this celebration:
ALCS Game 2 Stats:
Texas Rangers 7, New York Yankees 2
W – Colby Lewis (1-0)
L – Phil Hughes (0-1)