Thanks to yet another dominating performance by ace Cliff Lee, the Rangers are now two wins away from earning a trip to the 2010 World Series.
Entering Game 3 against the Yankees on Monday night, Lee was 6-0 with a 1.52 ERA in the postseason. In his lone playoff start in Yankee Stadium in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series, he threw a complete game while giving up just one run on six hits and striking out 10.
One year later, Lee was just as magnificent. He scattered two hits while walking just one batter and striking out 13 (a postseason career-high) over eight innings of work. He threw 122 pitches on the night and would have come out in the ninth had the Rangers not scored six runs in their half of the ninth to take an 8-0 lead (which ended up being the final).
Andy Pettitte pitched just as well for the Yankees, but Josh Hamilton took him deep in the first inning for a two-run shot and New York’s bats never bailed him out. He gave up two runs on only five hits and struck out five, but he wound up being one of the many victims of Lee’s outstanding performance.
Game 4 is set for Tuesday night and with a struggling A.J. Burnett on the mound, things could go from bad to worse for the Yankees. If the Rangers can pull out another victory, they’ll have complete command of the best-of-seven series.Bet MLB Playoff Odds