Texas Rangers 5, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Cliff Lee is ridiculous. What else can you say? Today he goes 8 innings allowing 5 hits and only 1 run while striking out 10. He was simply amazing on the mound in Game 1 of the ALDS leading Texas to its 2nd postseason win ever.
Texas was able to jump on Tampa Bay ace David Price early. The late season pickups of Jeff Francoeur started the scoring off with a RBI double in the second. He was then promptly driven in by the other late season pickup Benji Molina. The Rangers continued to pour on the runs with a single run in each the 3rd, 4th, and 5th to extend their lead to 5-0 where it would stay until the 7th. Tampa Bay would get their lone run on a Ben Zobrist solo home run.
It was a shaky start for Lee as he loaded the bases in the top of the first with only 1 out. But Cliff Lee was Cliff Lee the rest of the inning striking out Carlos Pena and Rocco Baldelli to end the inning. There was a controversial call in the at bat with Carlos Pena. With the count 2-1, Cliff Lee ran the ball inside on Pena’s hands. Pena checked his swing but the umpire said he tipped the ball for strike 2. Watching the replay it did not look like it hit anything, but you could definitely hear it hit something. That made the count 2-2 instead of 3-1, which was a huge advantage for Lee.
On the offensive side of things, Nelson Cruz and Benji Molina used their “Boomstick” for solo home runs and Vlad Guerrero hit a 2-run double driving in Josh Hamilton who had gotten on base and stolen 2nd.
Over all it was a great game for Texas and just what they needed going into Game 2. They will throw CJ Wilson against Tampa’s James Shields.
In other Postseason action:
Philadelphia 4, Cincinnati 0
Philly defeated Cincinnati 4-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS. Roy Halladay outdid even Cliff Lee throwing his 2nd no-hitter of the year. He pitched a complete game no-hit shutout of the Reds striking out 8 and walking only 1. He is simply the best pitcher on the planet right now. Along with Oswalt and Hammels, the Phillies pitching looks stout going into the postseason. They are the team to beat in the NL.
New York Yankees 6, Minnesota Twins 4
The Yanks take Game 1 of their series with Minnesota as they come back late to beat the Twins on a 2-run home run by Mark Teixiera.