Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cliff Lee's Complete Game Sends Rangers to ALCS

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game victory in Game 5 of the ALDS to give the Texas Rangers their first post-season triumph.

Lee struck out eleven batters in the Rangers 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rangers lefty also threw a complete game in Game 1.

But Lee didn't do it by himself. He was helped by some daring baserunning from Elvis Andrus, Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina. Yes, Bengie Molina. He stole a base. That's almost as surprising as when he hit a triple at Fenway Park in July to hit for the cycle.

This marks the first time in post-season history that the road team won every game in a playoff series.

So maybe the Rangers don't want home field advantage against the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

You can be sure that Rangers fans will be lustily booing ex-Rangers Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira come this Friday. You can also be sure Ranger fans will be lustily cheering Ron Washington's squad and wearing their antlers. It should be a fun series.

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