City Sports Report

Yankees Overcome 5-0 Deficit to Defeat Rangers for 1-0 Lead in ALCS by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The best pitch CC Sabathia threw Friday night was a wild one. Down 3-0 after giving up a first inning three-run home run to Josh Hamilton, with the bases loaded and one out, the hefty hurler unleashed a ball that eluded catcher Jorge Posada, and hit the back stop, then bounced right back to Posada, who threw to Sabathia, who tagged out Nelson Cruz at the plate for the second out of the inning. Sabathia would get the next batter for the third out of the inning. The Yankee ace clearly didn’t have his best stuff, and only made it through four innings, giving up five runs while throwing 93 pitches.

Texas pitcher CJ Wilson pitched a gem over 7+ innings, giving up a solo home run to Robinson Cano in the seventh and allowing a run in the eighth before being relieved after a Jeter double scored Brett Gardner, who reached on an infield hit. In what was the beginning of what would have to be the worst inning in Texas Ranger history, Ron Washington used five pitchers who surrendered the lead in the inning by allowing seven straight Yankees to reach the bases. Wilson was replaced by Darren Oliver, who promptly walked Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira to load the bases. Alex Rodriguez then faced Darren O’Day, and lined what could have been a double play ball past third baseman Michael Young to cut the lead to 5-4. O’Day was removed after throwing one pitch, and was relieved by Clay Rapada, who surrendered an RBI single to Robinson Cano to tie the game. Rapada was relieved by Derek Holland, who gave up an RBI single to Marcus Thames that completed the Yankee scoring. Five pitchers were used by the Rangers in one inning, who combined to allow five runs on five hits and two walks.

In what completed the worst inning in Texas Ranger history, Kerry Wood came on to pitch to Ian Kinsler and threw four balls for a lead-off walk. While Wood was facing the next hitter, Kinsler was inexplicably picked off of first base. He was the tying run, but was caught sleeping at first and was tagged out by Derek Jeter after a brief rundown.

The greatest reliever in post season history, Mariano Rivera, came on in the ninth for the save, his 42nd of his career. The Texas Rangers are 0-7 in playoff home games, with five of those seven loses coming to the Yankees. Phil Hughes will pitch game two for the Yankees, while Texas will attempt to rebound with Colby Lewis.


  1. Eddie Bradley

    October 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    The Yankees line up is so deep it’s hard to go to your bullpen with a team that so deep with their line-up. Unless a team starting pitcher could go 9 innings every team the Yankees face will be in trouble when they go to there bull pin

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