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Rangers vs. Yankees: Texas Takes Down New York, Reaches First World Series

Oct 22, 2010 – 11:08 PM
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John Hickey

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- A game four decades in the making saw the Texas Rangers make it to the World Series for the first time when their 6-1 victory eliminated the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Vladimir Guerrero broke a 1-all tie in the fifth with a two-out, two-run double after New York starter Phil Hughes intentionally walked Josh Hamilton with a runner on third base and two out.

Reliever David Robertson had no better luck, Nelson Cruz following Guerrero by launching his fifth post-season homer, a two-run blast that that got a sea of red pom-poms whipping up a frenzy in a way that baseball in Texas has never been whipped.

Texas right-handed starter Colby Lewis won for the second time in the series, allowing just three hits in eight innings, including striking out the side in the eighth as the Yankees' inability to connect became all the more pointed.

• Turning Point: The first time the Yankees walked Hamilton intentionally with two out and a man on third, Guerrero popped out against Hughes. The second time, though, Guerrero was all over Hughes, hitting a shot that one-hopped the fence in left center. It was just the fourth hit of the game for the Rangers to that point, but it unleashed a torrent as Texas scored four times in the inning.

• Stud: Lewis didn't allow a hit through four innings, and had a little bit of bad luck in giving up this run in the fifth -- it scored when umpire Brian Gorman missed a call, saying Lewis had thrown a wild pitch when in fact the ball had bounced and hit batter Nick Swisher in the knee. Alex Rodriguez scored on the play, but the Yankees had very little success overall against Lewis for the second time in the series.

• Dud: Hughes, who also lost Game 2, actually kept the Yankees close into the fifth inning. It was, instead, the vaunted Yankees offense that let New York, the American League leader in runs scored this season, down with its inability to dent Lewis, who was pitching in Japan a year ago. The Yankees, who averaged 5.3 runs per game, scored more than five runs in their two wins but three runs or less in all four of their losses.

• Key Stat: The Yankees walked Josh Hamilton intentionally three times in the game and five times in the series, both of which are new ALCS records. That strategy didn't work Friday thanks to Guerrero. But with Hamilton hitting four homers in the series, it probably wasn't a completely horrid strategy overall.

• The Big Picture: The Texas Rangers are playing in the World Series for the first time. Texas will be the road team in this one, facing the winner of the San Francisco-Philadelphia series starting Wednesday in the home of the National League champs.
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