Cliff Lee remained dominant, and undefeated in postseason play, as he threw eight shutout innings to lead the Texas Rangers over the New York Yankees, 8-0, in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Lee improved to 7-0 in postseason play with a 1.26 ERA in eight appearances. Three of those wins came against the New York Yankees offense, including two in the World Series last season.
“He’s not just firing the ball down the middle of the plate,” observed Michael Young. “He’s throwing quality strike after quality strike and there really is a big difference,” Young said.
Lee struck out 13 Yankees batters, gave up two hits and only walked one.
On the night, the New York Yankees batters were living in a fantasy baseball wasteland. Only one Yankees batter had positive points and that was only because Brett Gardner stole a base. Robinson Cano did the least damage of the Yankees stars since he flew or grounded out every at bat.
Marcus Thames and Derek Jeter each struck out three times.
Andy Pettitte did his job, giving up five hits and two runs over seven innings. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. His only poor pitch gave up a home run to Josh Hamilton.
“It was just a bad pitch by me,” Pettitte said. “At the time, you don’t think that’s going to win the ballgame.”
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the Rangers blew the lead wide open in the top of the ninth, putting the score out of reach.
Against three Yankees pitchers (Boone Logan, David Robertson and Sergio Mitre), the Rangers blasted six runs to move ahead of the Yankees, 8-0. The Rangers went through their entire batting order in the inning, Josh Hamilton opening with a double and ending the inning with a fly out.
In between, Nelson Cruz singled, scoring Hamilton; Bengie Molina singled, scoring Julio Borbon; Mitch Moreland singled, scoring both Nelson Cruz and David Murphy; Elvin Adrus doubled, scoring Bengie Molina; Mitch Moreland scored on a wild pitch.
Coming into the season, the Rangers had never won a playoff series and defeated Tampa Bay in the ALDS. Coming into the season, the Rangers never defeated New York in the playoffs and on Monday night beat them for the second time in three games.
Texas and New York next play Tuesday night at 8:07 pm (ET). Tommy Hunter (0-1, 4.50) will take the mound for Texas while AJ Burnett will start for the Yankees.
Fantasy Baseball Stats (total postseason numbers in parentheses)
- Ian Kinsler: 1 K = -1 (46)
- Nelson Cruz: 1 1B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K = 3 (42)
- Josh Hamilton: 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI = 14 (34)
- Elvis Andrus: 1 2B, 1 RBI = 4 (28)
- Michael Young: 3 1B, 1 R = 5 (22)
- Mitch Moreland: 1 1B, 1 R, 2 RBI = 7 (22)
- Bengie Molina: 1 1B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K = 4 (20)
- David Murphy: 1 R, 1 BB = 3 (16)
- Vladamir Guerrero: 1 1B, 2 K = -1 (7)
- Matt Treanor: DNP = (6)
- Jeff Francoeur: 1 1B = 1 (5)
- Julio Borbon: 1 R = 2 (1)
- Jorge Cantu: DNP = (-3)
- Cliff Lee: 1 W, 8 IP, 13 K, 1 BB = 26.5 (72.5)
- CJ Wilson: DNP = (23.825)
- Colby Lewis: DNP = (20.65)
- Derek Holland: DNP = (6.15)
- Tommy Hunter: DNP = (5)
- Neftali Feliz: 1 IP, 2 K = 2.75 (3.825)
- Darren O’Day: DNP = (2.575)
- Darren Oliver: DNP = (1.225)
- Alexi Ogando: DNP = (-0.675)
- Clay Rapada: DNP = (-0.925)
- Dustin Nippert: DNP = (-1.25)
NEW YORK YANKEES
- Robinson Cano: 0 = 0 (37)
- Curtis Granderson: 2 K = -2 (20)
- Nick Swisher: 1 K = -1 (19)
- Mark Teixeira: 1 BB, 2 K = -1(18)
- Lance Berkman: DNP = (17)
- Alex Rodriguez: 1 K = -1 (12)
- Marcus Thames: 3 K = -3 (11)
- Brett Gardner: 1 1B, 1 K, 1 SB = 1 (10)
- Derek Jeter: 3 K = -3 (8)
- Jorge Posada: 1 1B, 2 K = -1 (6)
- Mariano Rivera: DNP = (23.075)
- Andy Pettitte: 1 L, 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 K = 6.25 (21)
- Phil Hughes: 1 IP = 0.75 (15)
- Dustin Moseley: DNP = (13.5)
- CC Sabathia: DNP = (11)
- Kerry Wood: 0 = 0 (3.75)
- Joba Chamberlain: DNP = (1)
- Sergio Mitre: 0.2 IP = 0.15 (0.9)
- Boone Logan: 1 ER = -1 (0.4)
- David Robertson: 0.1 IP, 5 ER, 1 K, 1 BB = -4.425 (-0.5)
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