City Sports Report

Lewis, Rangers Bullpen Rebound to Defeat Yankees 7-2 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Colby Lewis pitched 5 2/3 while giving up 2 earned runs and out-pitched his counterpart, Phil Hughes, who allowed 6 runs in 4+ innings, as the Texas Rangers rebounded to defeat the New York Yankees 7-2 20 hours after one of the most historic meltdowns in Major League Baseball history.

The Rangers scored early and often against Hughes, with a steal of home plate by shortstop Elvis Andrus accounting for the first run after Josh Hamilton broke for second and Jorge Posada inexplicably threw to second. David Murphy hit a solo homer and Michael Young had an RBI double in the second inning to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. They scored twice more in the third inning on doubles by David Murphy and Bengie Molina to take a 5-0 lead. Lance Berkman got the Yankees on the scoreboard with an RBI single but was promptly thrown out when he tried to stretch it into a double. Texas scored twice more in the fifth on a triple by Ian Kinsler and a single by Mitch Moreland for a 7-1 lead. Robinson Cano homered in the sixth inning off Lewis, and I’m sure most in the state of Texas began to get nervous as manager Ron Washington went to the Ranger bullpen for the final 10 outs of the game. But tonight, there would be no Yankee comeback, as three pitchers that were used out of the bullpen yesterday, along with Alexi Ogando and closer Neftali Feliz combined to shut the powerful Yankee offense down for their first home victory not only in this post season, but in Texas Ranger franchise history.

Yankee starting pitchers have an ERA of 13.50 in the series thus far. The power hitters in the Yankee lineup, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez went a combined 1-9 in Saturday’s game. The series continues on Monday evening at 8pm, as Cliff Lee faces all-time post season wins leader Andy Pettitte in a pivotal game three.

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