Rangers Clobber Yankees, Reach 1st World Series
The Texas Rangers are going to their first-ever World Series, while the New York Yankees are set to prepare for what could be a very busy spring training.
Colby Lewis limited New York to three hits and one run over eight innings, while Vladimir Guerrero drove in three of Texas’ six runs as the Rangers dominated the Yankees, 6-1, to end the ALCS in six games. The match appeared to be headed for a nail-biting ending as Alex Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at one apiece in the top of the fifth inning. However, Guerrero hit deep into center field for a double and send Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton home, before Nelson Cruz homered for two more runs as the Rangers turned a close match into a rout in half an inning.
The end for the Yankees came as Rodriguez struck out for the final out of the series, sending the Rangers fans into a frenzied celebration as fireworks heralded the coming of the World Series to Texas for the first time in the club’s 50 years in the Major Leagues. “These fans have waited longer than we have. I know how bad we wanted it, and they must have wanted it more,” longtime Rangers Michael Young said. “Totally worth the wait, totally.”