City Sports Report

Lee Dominates Yankees as Rangers Take 2-1 ALCS Lead after 8-0 Victory by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

This game was over before the New York Yankees got to the plate. For the third straight game, the Texas Rangers scored in the first inning, this time on a Josh Hamilton two-run homer. That was all of the run support Cliff Lee needed. Lee was masterful against the powerful Yankee lineup, allowing only 2 hits and a walk while striking out 13 in eight innings as he became the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to have 10 or more strikeouts in three straight games in a single postseason.

Andy Pettitte delivered the first quality start for the Yankees this series, giving up only two runs in the first inning, but it wasn’t enough to match the nearly flawless Lee. The first Yankee reached base in the fourth inning, when Mark Teixeira drew a walk, which received a standing ovation from the crowd. Lee allowed the first hit to Jorge Posada with two outs in the fifth inning, and would only allow one more hit in the game, a lead-off single to Brett Gardner in the sixth.

A close game turned into a blowout when Hamilton began a rally for the Rangers in the ninth, as they scored six runs to empty Yankee Stadium and keep Lee from pitching the ninth inning, which could have provided for more drama. In only eight postseason career starts, Lee has a 7-0 record with a 1.26 ERA, including 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA this post season. Yankee slugger Mark Teixeira is hitless in 11 at bats in the series. The Yankees are hitting .194 in the series thus far and have struck out 30 times.

A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.26 ERA), whose last start was Saturday, October 2, 2010, will start game four for the Yankees and oppose Tommy Hunter (13-4. 3.73 ERA) at 8pm.

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