City Sports Report

Yankees on Verge of Elimination After 10-3 Pummeling by Rangers by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Nelson Cruz had perhaps the most significant play of the game. Ian Kinsler hit a deep fly ball that was caught, and Cruz tagged up and arrived safely at second base. This is the aggressive style of baseball the Texas Rangers have played all season. This prompted New York Yankee Manager Joe Girardi to intentionally walk David Murphy, in a series of four pitches thrown by Yankee starter AJ Burnett in which one almost went to the backstop, but was avoided by catcher Francisco Cervelli. Girardi decided to keep Burnett in the game to pitch to Rangers catcher Bengie Molina, and on the first pitch, he surrendered a three-run homer to Molina to give Texas the lead for good in this game.

AJ Burnett probably faired better than most thought, and it was the second-most impressive start from a Yankee starting staff that was supposed to have a huge advantage over the Rangers, especially without having to face Ranger ace Cliff Lee until game three. Not the case. in all four games of the series thus far, the Ranger starters have outpitched the Yankee starters, with the only Yankee quality start coming from game three loser Andy Pettitte.

Josh Hamilton continued to be the best offensive player in this series, as he hit two solo home runs, giving him four in the series in four games.

The Yankees scored first for the first time in the series on a solo home run by Robinson Cano, but that lead would not last long, as Murphy scored for the Rangers in the next inning on an infield single by Elvis Andrus. Texas would then take the lead on a Michael Young infield single in the third that scored Molina for a 2-1 lead. The Yankees would score again in the third, and regain the lead in the fourth on a Brett Gardner ground out that scored Alex Rodriguez. Burnett would then surrender the lead in the sixth, and the Rangers would add five more, including two home runs by Hamilton.

Yankee slugger Mark Teixeira left the game with an hamstring injury that could end his season. He has been 0-14 in the first four games of the series, but has played solid defense and is a threat to break out of a slump during any at bat.

 

Texas is hitting a mighty .307 in the series, while the Yankees are only hitting .198, including .154 with running in scoring position. Along with the slumping Teixeira, Rodriguez is 2-15 for a .133 average in the series with 2 RBIs.

Game 5 will be this afternoon and will be a rematch of the game 1 starters with CC Sabathia going against CJ Wilson. The Rangers will try to advance to the World Series while the Yankees will try to force game 6 in Texas Friday night.

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