Rangers 6, Yankees 1, Final
That's it for the ALCS. Rangers win, sending them to their first World Series in franchise history. The series win was completely deserved, as the Rangers outplayed the Yankees throughout the entire series. They were impressive, and will be a tough challenge for either San Francisco or Philadelphia.
Rangers 6, Yankees 1, Top 8
Colby Lewis, late of the Japanese Leagues, richly deserves the "Colby! Colby!" chant that is going on here at Rangers Ballpark. Impressive performance, as he's on his way to two wins in the ALCS against the Yankees.
Rangers 6, Yankees 1, Bottom 7
Colby Lewis has been really impressive tonight, keeping the Yankees to just the one run so far. And the Yankees' pitching just hasn't been there, whether it was Hughes or Robertson or Wood.
You can feel the excitement in the stadium. It's been 50 years of Rangers baseball, and this would be their first trip to the World Series.
Rangers 5, Yankees 1, Bottom 5
Well, that intentional walk backfired. With two outs and Mitch Moreland on third base, the Yankees chose to intentionally walk Josh Hamilton.
But Vladimir Guerrero followed that with a double to deep centerfield, sending two runs home. That knocked Phil Hughes out of the ballgame, with Dave Robertson coming in. He wasn't exactly effective, giving up a blast to Nelson Cruz that brought in two more runs. Add in a double from Ian Kinsler, and Robertson has been absolutely no relief at all.
Are we seeing this ALCS about to end?
Rangers 1, Yankees 1, Top 5
Interesting/controversial inning there. After Alex Rodriguez got the first hit for the Yankees tonight, a double to centerfield, there was a pitch by Colby Lewis that hit Nick Swisher on the bounce. That should have been a HBP, and Swisher should have gone to first base with Rodriguez staying on third.
Instead, it was ruled a wild pitch and Rodriguez came home to tie the score. With Posada hitting a double after Swisher, the run probably would have scored anyway. But it was a mistake by the umpires, nonetheless.
Rangers 1, Yankees 0, Bottom 4
Still no hits for the Yankees. We're heading to the top of the fifth. Will this be the inning?
Rangers 1, Yankees 0, Bottom 3
It's almost impressive, and certainly strange, to see a wild pitch on an intentional ball. Phil Hughes just recorded one, sending Josh Hamilton to third base, where he was stranded. A.J. Burnett almost did it in his start in Game 4, too, making his catcher lunge for an intentional ball, the pitch that should have probably told Joe Girardi to take him out of the game.
Rangers 1, Yankees 0, Top 3
No hits so far for the Yankees. Colby Lewis, who kept them effectively at bay in Game 2, is again containing the Yankees' bats. They have had just one baserunner, Curtis Granderson, who walked in the first inning. But Lewis has faced the minimum, since Granderson was caught stealing to end that first inning.
Rangers 1, Yankees 0, Bottom 1
The Rangers scored in the first inning, yet again getting off to a good start against the Yankees. Their run came after Elvis Andrus led off with a double, giving him hits in each of the first 11 postseason games of his career. That's the fourth-longest postseason hitting streak to begin a playoff career. Andrus moved to third on a single by Josh Hamilton, and came home on a groundout.
Bizarre scene during the National Anthem. It started pouring in Arlington, just as the anthem was being sung. But the color guard was standing in the middle of the field, so the grounds crew could only take the tarp so far. Just stood in the rain, waiting for the anthem to finish, and then could advance only slowly as the color guard slowly marched off.
And about two minutes later, the rain stopped, and the tarp came off. Truly strange.