Going into this game, with the pitching match up, I’m pretty sure every Yankee fan thought that the Yanks had no chance. Especially given how well Lee would actually go on to pitch against them. But, watching the game, I couldn’t help but be bothered by this one. Even more so than the previous two losses.
Why? Well Mosely gave the Yanks a performance that you’d pay top dollar to see Burnett turn in. He was outstanding. If you forget who was pitching and just look at the performance turned in, that’s when you begin to get worried about the playoffs. This game had a playoff atmosphere. The Rangers weren’t sitting around to hit the big 3 run homer. They were running, they were fighting. This was a preview of the playoffs, and I didn’t like it.
Ian Kinsler absolutely won this game single-handedly. He tagged up from first on a deep fly out to right. Then tagged up from second on a ball nearly as deep. Then he scored on a 2 out drag bunt that was perfectly placed. Once that run was plated, the wind came out of the Yanks sails. From there the Rangers managed to scrap together 3 more runs in the 7th, and this one was over. Pitching and speed. This is the way to beat the Yankees in the playoffs and it was eerie to see it play out. Hopefully it was not foreshadowing of things to come.