The Texas Rangers took an early one game to none lead over the Detroit Tigers Saturday night in the American League Championship Series. The Rangers struck first in the bottom of the second when David Murphy tripled to right, driving in Mike Napoli. Ian Kinsler followed immediately with an RBI single to right, driving in Murphy. In the fourth, the Rangers got on the board once again courtesy of a solo home run off the bat of Nelson Cruz. The Rangers scored all their runs off of Verlander who only pitched four innings giving up five hits, three runs (all earned), he walked two and fanned five. There were two rain delays in the top of the fifth lasting a combined one hour and fifty minutes.
Detroit scored their runs in the top of the fifth. Austin Jackson doubled in Ramon Santiago and later scored on a wild-pitch by Rangers starter Alexi Ogando.
Neftali Feliz was lights out in the ninth for the Rangers earning the save. He came in throwing gas, even hitting 101 mph a few times on the gun.
Game Two was scheduled for Sunday but postponed because of rain. The series will resume on Monday in Texas.
Saturday, October 8th, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, Texas
Detroit 2, Texas 3
(WP: Ogando) (LP: Verlander) (SV: Feliz)
Texas leads the best of seven series one game to none.
The National League Championship Series got underway Sunday in Milwaukee between rival St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.
When the Brewers came to bat in the bottom of the first they were already down 1-0. That did not stop the Brewers from going into “beast mode” quickly. With a runner on base, Ryan Braun belted a two run, 444 foot home run to left center. The very next batter, Prince Fielder, was hit by a Jaime Garcia pitch. The umpires immediately issued warnings to both benches. The warning issued meant neither team could pitch much inside without resulting in an ejection.
Shortly thereafter, a home run derby was about to get underway. It began with a three-run homer for David Freese of the Cardinals, followed by a no-doubter by Prince Fielder and a two run jack by Yuniesky Betancourt of the Brewers.
The Brewers outlasted the Cardinals in game one 9-6. This was not one of Zack Greinke’s best starts but he got the win and is still undefeated at home. The series will continue Monday in Milwaukee.
Sunday, October 9th, Miller Park – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 9
(WP: Greinke) (LP: Garcia) (SV: Axford)
Milwaukee leads the best of seven series one game to none.
NLCS Stat of the Day: Going to back to 1990, the team to win game one in the NLCS has gone on to win the series 17 times. Only three times since then has this not been the case. The only two teams to win game one and go on to lose the series are the 1990 Pirates (lost to the Reds), the 1991 Pirates (lost to the Braves), and the 2005 Cardinals (lost to Houston).
The Good in Sports congratulates the Rangers and the Brewers for their game one victories and wishes all teams the best of luck.
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