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Rangers top Yankees in Game 6, advance to first ever World Series

Oct 22, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT

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The Rangers just defeated the Yankees 6-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS, advancing to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Colby Lewis pitched the proverbial “game of his life,” allowing just three hits over eight innings of one-run ball. The only run scored on a blown wild pitch call by home plate umpire Brian Gorman in the top of the fifth inning. Otherwise, the Yankees couldn’t touch him. Lewis struck out seven in the clincher, including the final three batters he faced in the top of the eighth inning.

And to think, just one year ago, Lewis was pitching in Japan. Now he’ll forever be known as a franchise hero.

Lewis was dominant on his own, but the Rangers got a little help from Joe Girardi. Admittedly, the Rangers’ lineup was “pick your poison” during this series, but the Yankees paid dearly after walking Josh Hamilton intentionally in the bottom of the fifth inning. Vladimir Guerrero jumped on a breaking ball from Phil Hughes and sent it deep into the gap in left-center field to bring home Mitch Moreland and Hamilton for a go-ahead two-run double. The Rangers never looked back.

Hamilton was named the ALCS MVP for batting .350 (7-for-20) with four home runs and seven RBI during the series. He was intentionally walked a grand total of five times, tying an ALCS record.

Neftali Feliz came on to record the final three outs in the top of the ninth inning, striking out Alex Rodriguez, of all people, to end it. Ginger ale showers for everyone!

The Rangers now await the winner of the Giants-Phillies series. Game 1 of the World Series is set for next Wednesday. And, because the Rangers didn’t need a Game 7 to get there, they have their ace Cliff Lee perfectly lined up for the series.

  1. 013hip - Oct 22, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    The only thing left to say is………….Get it Done Giants!!!

  2. Utley's Hair - Oct 22, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Congrats to the Cliffy, Hamilton, Craig’s buddy Frenchie and the rest of the Walkers. Hopefully Lee will be coming back here to face off with Doc on Wednesday.

  3. 013hip - Oct 22, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    But, my money is still on Texas.

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 23, 2010 at 12:28 AM

      Smart money.

  4. adrianbk - Oct 23, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Rangers – Giants hmmm, my money is on Texas

  5. Tim's Neighbor - Oct 23, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    What a great year from Lewis. Gotta give some props to baseballthinkfactory.com and Dan Szymborski for projecting a good year from him. Not too often you see a big-time spec goto Japan and come back to be so successful.

  6. Reflex - Oct 23, 2010 at 4:39 AM

    Excellent result, now lets see if the Giants can get it done as well so we have a reasonably unique World Series.

  7. Gobias Industries - Oct 23, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    “You guys are talking about Cliff Lee?” said Nick Swisher to a group of reporters on Thursday. “—-, who cares?

    “I can’t wait to hit against his —,” he added.

    These quotes just seem a little funnier this morning.

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