If you were going to tell me before the game that Tommy Hunter was going to go 3 1/3 innings and give up 3 runs, I’d say the Rangers would be be in big time trouble. However, those would be the only 3 runs the Yankees would score while the Rangers would score in the 6th, 7th, and 9th innings. Derek Holland took over and did great, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Benji Molina’s 3 run HR in the top of the 6th off Burnett was huge. It’s easy to second guess, but when you’re intentionally walking Murphy with 2 outs, you’re putting the go ahead runner on base and you’re sending your pitcher the message that he’s not good enough to get someone out. Burnett missed his location and left his pitch inside, and Benji did a great job of getting his hands inside the ball and pulling it to right field. Hamilton’s solo homer along with Kinsler’s RBI bloop in the 7th extended the Ranger lead from 2 to 4.
The bottom of the 8th was hard to watch. Three consecutive walks by 3 different pitchers. Seeing 3 walks when the opposing team is down 4 runs is absolutely disgusting. Bases loaded with one out, and Oliver comes in and hits Swisher in the pants. The umpire didn’t see it though, so Swisher flied out followed by Young making a great play on a sharp grounder to end the inning. Oliver stays in the game in the 9th and closes the game out.
There was some controversy. Cruz was trying to catch Cano’s home run, and he was interfered with by the fans. I definitely think Cruz could have caught that ball, and at the time the game was scoreless. I thought MLB had replay on questionable home runs to get that straightened out. Second, Swisher did get hit. That scores a run and puts the tying man on first. Swisher was wearing loose pants though, and honestly, I don’t even think he knew he got hit. He sure didn’t put up much of an argument against the umpire.
Rangers have outscored the Yankees 30 to 11 in the series thus far. Rangers are 5-0 on the road this postseason.
Game 5 – Wilson vs. Sabathia.