The Texas Rangers put severe pressure on the Detroit Tigers by winning game two Monday night in Texas. The story of the night for the Tigers was not being able to get runners home. They had missed opportunities in four of the eleven innings. In the first, two runners were on with no outs and they did not score. They had the bases loaded in the second and the ninth and did not score. Finally in the tenth there was a runner on second with only out, again they could not get him home. Before the game ended the Tigers had left 13 runners on base. The only scoring for the Tigers came in the third when Ryan Raburn hit a three-run homer to left.
The Rangers won this game with great bullpen pitching and Nelson Cruz. In the bottom of the seventh, Cruz hit a solo shot that tied the time. In the eleventh, he came to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered. Cruz crushed a grand slam walk-off home run. This is the first time this has happened in post season history.
Oh yeah, the Rangers bullpen has not given up a run in the series.
The American League Championship Series now shifts to Detroit with game three on Tuesday.
Monday, October 10th, Ranger Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, Texas
Detroit 3, Texas 7 (11 innings)
(WP: Adams) (LP: Perry)
Texas leads the best of seven series two games to none.
In Milwaukee Monday night the Cardinals came in to the game looking to avoid going back to St. Louis down two games to none. This night belonged to Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.
Albert Pujols and the Cardinals made sure there was little doubt early about whether or not they brought their hitting shoes. In the first, Pujols got the Cardinals on the board with a two-run jack. The Cardinals never looked back. The whole lineup produced and came up big. Pujols ended the game going four for five with a homer, 3 doubles, and five RBI’s.
The Brewers scored their runs all by home runs. In the bottom of the fourth Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer to left to get the Brewers on the board. The other run came when Prince Fielder blasted a homer to right in the bottom of the eighth.
The Cardinals have now won five out of their last seven games at Miller Park dating back to the regular season.
The National League Championship Series now shifts to St. Louis and game three is Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
Monday, October 10th, Miller Park – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
St. Louis 12, Milwaukee 3
(WP: Lynn) (LP: Marcum)
The series is tied at one game a piece.
The Good in Sports congratulates the Rangers and the Cardinals for their game two victories and wishes all teams the best of luck.
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