Lee, Rangers Dominate Yankees for 2-1 ALCS Lead
Cliff Lee improved his unblemished postseason record to 7-0, striking out 13 in eight innings to help the Texas Rangers rout the New York Yankees, 8-0, in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
Lee, who only allowed two singles in another postseason gem, now has the distinction of being the first pitcher in history to have at least ten strike outs three times in one postseason. Josh Hamilton started the scoring for the Rangers in the first inning when he hit a two-run homer off Yankees ace Andy Pettitte, who was seeking his 20th postseason victory.
Hamilton had a leadoff double in the ninth inning, resulting in a six-run avalanche that buried the Yankees for good. New York’s vaunted offense failed to click in the bottom of the ninth as Rangers closer Neftali Feliz struck out two more Yankees to close the match. Game 4 is scheduled on Tuesday, with Tommy Hunter starting for Texas against A.J. Burnett for New York.