Freddy Sanchez came up with four hits and three RBI’s to lead his San Francisco Giants past the Texas Rangers 11-7 in Game 1 of the World Series last night at AT&T Park. The eight-year veteran infielder contributed in each of the three innings that San Francisco put up runs. The Giants lineup forced the once dominant Cliff Lee to make an early exit in the fifth inning after allowing seven runs on eight hits. “You never think you’re going to have success against a pitcher like that,” said Sanchez. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the game, been unhittable in the postseason.”
A game that many predicted to be a pitchers duel quickly turned into an all out slugfest. Tim Lincecum let up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. “It wasn’t quite the game we thought it would be,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “Great pitchers, sometimes they’re a little bit off.” Game 2 is set for 8:00 PM tonight with Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson as the projected starters. Games 3, 4 and 5 will shift to Ranger Ballpark in Arlington before moving back to San Francisco for the remaining two games if necessary. Purchase your World Series tickets right here with us at Ace!
Ace pitchers Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum will square off in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 27th at AT&T Park. Both players have consistently produced remarkable numbers so far this post-season. Lee is currently 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA after dominating the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS. He is the first person in MLB history to pitch three 10-plus strikeout wins in a playoff run. Lincecum’s stats are right up there in comparison in light of his 2-1 record with 30 K’s and a 1.93 ERA.
The Rangers and Giants are both entering unfamiliar territory as both San Francisco and Arlington have never experienced a World Series title. The Giants haven’t won since 1954 when the franchise was still in New York. In their longtime history the Texans were continuously denied by the Yankees, finally ending their playoff woes in this year’s ALCS. The organization has taken strides to focus on pitching to further advance, relying on Lee alongside CJ Wilson, Colby Lewis and Tommy Hunter.
“We had to get our pitchers to realize that you could pitch in Arlington and you could be successful,” said team president Nolan Ryan. “And we’ve proven that you can do that. We had been an organization that tried to outslug everybody. Games that we were getting beat 12 to 13, our pitchers didn’t feel like they could be successful there, and we’ve proven that wrong.” The Giants rotation starts with Lincecum and continues through Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Madison Bumgarner.
2010 Fall Classic Schedule:
Game 1: Rangers at Giants, Wednesday, October 27th
Game 2: Rangers at Giants, Thursday, October 28th
Game 3: Giants at Rangers, Saturday, October 30th
Game 4: Giants at Rangers, Sunday, October 31st
Game 5: Giants at Rangers, Monday, November 1st
Game 6: Rangers at Giants, Wednesday, November 3rd
Game 7: Rangers at Giants, Thursday, November 4th
CC Sabathia allowed just two runs in six innings from 11 scattered hits to lead his New York Yankees to a clutch 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers yesterday at home in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. The AL title will be decided in Arlington with Games 6 and 7 scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd at Ranger Ballpark. “I just wanted to fight,” Sabathia said after the game. “No matter what the situation was, no matter how many runners were on base in any given inning.”
New York’s run production began in the second inning with a handful of base hits to bat around the order. Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano each sent one deep in the third to make it 5-0. Curtis Granderson provided the insurance with a home run of his own. The Rangers are prepared to return home with Colby Lewis and Cliff Lee on the hill for the final two matchups. “It’s not disappointing. It’s a seven-game series,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Those guys over there are champs. We didn’t expect them to lay down, and they came out today and they were very aggressive.”
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Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee continued to show great post-season success in last night’s 8-0 ALCS victory over the New York Yankees, letting up just two hits through eight innings with 13 strikeouts. The eight-year veteran joined Randy Johnson and Bob Gibson as the only pitchers to ever rack up 10 K’s or more in five playoff starts. The Rangers first put runs on the board through John Hamilton’s two-run shot to right in the first inning for the early 2-0 lead. The insurance came in the ninth as they hit around the order for six additional runs.
Texas holds the 2-1 advantage with two more games left in the Bronx before the series shifts back to Arlington. “I’m not satisfied with that,” said Hamilton after the W. “We still have some work to do here. A lot of fun to come into New York and get this first one. Hopefully we can come out here tomorrow and pick up where we left off.”
The Yanks remain confident despite their backs against the wall with AJ Burnett scheduled to pitch game 4. “I don’t think we’re in trouble,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “We’re down 2-1, we’re not down 3-0. It’s frustrating we’ve lost two games in a row, but we’ve lost two games in a row a lot of times before and come back.” Purchase your ALCS and World Series tickets with us at Ace!
Cliff Lee struck out eleven batters through nine innings to lift his Texas Rangers past the Tampa Bay Rays in yesterday’s ALDS Game 5 battle at Tropicana Field. After leading the series 2-0, the Rangers found themselves with their backs against the wall as Tampa rallied on the road to even the score. Fortunately for Texas, Lee was there to push his team to the Conference Championship while claiming his sixth consecutive post-season victory in the process.
The Rangers have now won their first ever playoff series during their 50 years as an MLB franchise. “It’s unbelievable. Something we’re proud of because it’s never happened in Texas before,” said MVP candidate Josh Hamilton. “Hopefully, we can take it to the next level.” The Rangers will next host the New York Yankees for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series starting Thursday, October 15th. The series will then shift to Yankee Stadium for three games before returning to Rangers Ballpark for Games 6 and 7 if necessary.
The Yankees fell just one game short of the Rays in the AL East Division after finishing the regular season at 95-67. The defending champs are ready to recapture the title after making a statement in their sweep over the Minnesota Twins. “I think last year was a tremendous year but you know what, you’ve got to move on,” said outfielder Nick Swisher. “It’s 2010 and we’ve got ourselves in a great spot. Different personnel, same attitude.” Game 1 will feature pitchers CC Sabathia and CJ Wilson. Purchase your ALCS tickets right here with us at Ace!
Complete ALCS ScheduleGame 1 Oct. 15 Yankees at Rangers 8:00 pm
Game 2 Oct. 16 Yankees at Rangers 4:00 pm
Game 3 Oct. 18 Rangers at Yankees 8:00 pm
Game 4 Oct. 19 Rangers at Yankees 8:00 pm
Game 5 Oct. 20 Rangers at Yankees 4:00 pm if necessary
Game 6 Oct. 22 Yankees at Rangers 8:00 pm if necessaryGame 7 Oct. 23 Yankees at Rangers 8:00 pm if necessary
Third baseman Michael Young blasted a three-run homer to center field for the Texas Rangers to coast past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 in Game 2 of the ALDS yesterday at Tropicana Field. The run production began in the third inning when Matt Teanor reached home on a James Shields throwing error. Ian Kinsler then sent a solo shot to left for the early 2-0 advantage, leaving Young to step up and put the game out of reach. It’s always nice to contribute and nice to play well,” said Young. “We’re competitors, we want to do our jobs well. But at the end of the day, the ‘W’ is what every team is searching for.”
CJ Wilson was stellar on the hill, allowing just two hits through six innings of work with seven strikeouts. Darren O’Day and Darren Oliver assisted from the bullpen in the final three innings to solidify the victory. “They pitched two really good games, so there’s not too much you can do about that,” said Rays outfielder Carl Crawford. “We’ve just got to hope we can get the next guy that’s coming.” Game 3 is set for Rangers Ball Park Saturday night at 5:07 PM ET. Matt Garza is the scheduled starter for Tampa against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.
Carlos Pena produced a two-run double in the ninth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays to force extra innings and eventually defeat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 away at Kauffman Stadium. The go-ahead run came in the 12th inning when Kelly Shoppach hit a grounder through the legs of third baseman Wilson Betemit to score Rocco Baldelli. The Rays had already won the AL East Division following Boston’s win over New York, but the club figured it was best to finish the regular season strong with a win on the road.
“To rally against their All-Star closer shows how much fight this team has,” said Rays outfielder B.J. Upton. “That shows how much heart this team has.” The Rays are now scheduled to matchup with the AL West champion Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series. Between Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson on the mound with Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton leading the offensive charge, the Rangers are certainly prepared to challenge Tampa early in the first round. Purchase your Rays vs. Rangers ALDS tickets right here with us at Ace!
Rays vs. Rangers ALDS Schedule:
Game 1: Rangers @ Rays Wednesday, Oct. 6
Game 2: Rangers @ Rays Thursday, Oct. 7
Game 3: Rays @ Rangers Saturday, Oct. 9
Game 4*: Rays @ Rangers Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 5*: Rangers @ Rays Tuesday, Oct. 12
Veteran southpaw Cliff Lee showed he was ready for post-season play yesterday, allowing just one run in seven innings of work to lead his Texas Rangers past the LA Angels 3-2 at Rangers Ball Park. “I got everything where I wanted headed into the postseason,” said Lee after his stellar eight strike-out performance. “I made a little adjustment mechanically and it worked out. Hopefully, I can carry that into the post-season and continue to give the team a chance to win.”
Vladimir Guerrero came up with the clutch hit to bring in Nelson Cruz for the go ahead score in the bottom of the eighth. The 9x All-Star drove in 16 RBI’s in total against his former squad in 2010. “You can see it in his eyes,” said Los Angeles right fielder Torii Hunter. “He’s trying to go deep on every pitch against us.” The Texans are currently one victory away from a 90 win season heading into tonight’s contest in Arlington.
Ace pitcher Cliff Lee is scheduled to make his second start in Texas Rangers uniform against John Lackey and the Boston Red Sox Sunday, July 18th at Fenway Park. This will mark the fourth contest in this weekend’s three game series. Lee debuted for the Rangers on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, where he was handed the loss after letting up six runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. Despite the unpleasant stat line, he still threw a complete game on just 95 pitches. The 11-year veteran has a career record of 2-4 against the Red Sox.
Boston is currently five games out of first place in the AL East standings behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. In light of their recent struggles, the All-Star break allowed for players to rest up for the home stretch of the regular season. Both Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz plan to start on the hill for Triple-A Pawtucket within the next few days before returning to the club.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona is looking forward to their upcoming run at the division, saying “the first month of the season was really difficult for a lot of reasons, but we got through it. I know it’s not perfect, I recognize that, but the level of intensity and trying to do the right thing has been off the charts.” Tim Wakefield will take the mound tonight against the young Tommy Hunter, who’s been stellar all season long with a 5-0 record and 2.34 ERA. Red Sox vs. Rangers are still available with us at AceTicket.com!
Kevin Youkilis hit an RBI double deep to center in the 12th inning for the Boston Red Sox to defeat the Texas Rangers 8-7 last night at Fenway Park. Boston featured three players with multiple hits between Youk, Marco Scutoro and Mike Lowell. Josh Beckett lasted through seven innings to let up seven hits and seven runs. “At least we won the game,” he said. “It makes me feel a lot better. These guys deserve all the credit.”
This marks Boston’s second straight walk off after losing their previous five contests. The Rangers started strong with a 4-0 lead after the first two innings of play. The Sox then rallied to make it 7-4 through five, courtesy of homers produced by Lowell, Darnell McDonald and JD Drew. Josh Hamilton jacked one over the wall in to bring in three more runs in the top of the seventh for Texas, eventually setting the stage for extra innings. The Sox are next set to play Texas once more before hosting the Baltimore Orioles for three games starting Friday, April 23rd at 7:10 PM. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets with us at AceTicket.com!