Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Rangers Pull To Quick Lead, Brewers And Cardinals Tie
In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Rangers were able to win 3-2. They rode two early runs along with a Nelson Cruz (right) homer in the 4th to a quick victory despite 2 rainouts. C.J. Wilson also pitched very well, allowing 2 runs in 4 2/3, however, it was Mike Gonzalez who escaped a bases loaded jam after the rain delay to stifle the Tigers. In Game 2, the Rangers jumped out to another early lead in the 1st inning. However, the Tigers bounced back, and in the 3rd, Ryan Raburn crushed a ball to left for a 3-run homer to give the Tigers a 3-2 advantage. However, Nelson Cruz tied it up with a homer in the 7th, then gave them a 7-3 win with the first walk-off grand slam in playoff history to left field. In Game 1 of the NLCS, as they often do, they rode Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, who combined for 2 home runs and 6 RBIs, as well as a key home run by Yuniesky Betancourt to shut the door in a 6-run 5th inning. However, in Game 2, the Cardinals turned the tables, riding a good outing by Edwin Jackson (2 runs in 4 1/3 innings). However, the big man was Albert Pujols, who hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 en route to a 12-3 win to even the score.