It wasn't a good night to be named Darren O.
Darren Oliver - 0.0 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Darren O'Day - 0.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
The Rangers dominated the Yankees for the first 7 innings and it looked like they were on their way to their first-ever postseason home win and a most CRUCIAL 1-0 lead in the series.
But then came the 8th inning. The DREADFUL 8th inning. The WORST INNING in Texas Rangers history.
Let's take a look at the 8th inning NIGHTMARE:
The inning began with the Rangers leading 5-1.
Brett Gardner leads off with a hustling-sliding infield hit. Derek Jeter then doubles to left, scoring the super-fast Gardner from first. The score is now 5-2, 0 outs.
Ron Washington comes in and takes out starter C.J. Wilson and brings in Oliver. Oliver proceeds to walk Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira to load the bases, turning a bad situation into a dire situation [bases loaded, no outs].
Out goes the ineffective Oliver. GET OUTTA HERE!
In comes O'Day. O'Day throws one pitch to Alex Rodriguez who hammers it to left for a single. In to score come Jeter and Swisher. The score is now 5-4.
Out goes O'Day. ONE PITCH and you're outta here.
In comes Clay Rapada (4th pitcher of the inning). Robinson Cano immediately rips a single to center. In comes Teixeira, Rodriguez to third on an error by Josh Hamilton. The score is now 5-5.
Out goes Rapada. ONE BATTER and you're outta here.
In comes Derek Holland (5th pitcher of the inning). Marcus Thames immediately singles to left, scoring Rodriguez. The score is now 6-5.
THE YANKEES LEAD. THE RANGERS PEN COLLAPSES.
In the bottom of the 8th, Ian Kinsler leads off with a walk, restoring hopes of a comeback and rectifying the mess. He immediately proceeds to fall asleep on first base and Kerry Woods picks him off. END OF RALLY. END OFF HOPES. The Ballpark in Arlington became DEMORALIZATION-VILLE.
The bottom of the ninth:
In comes Mariano Rivera and the rest is history.
YANKEES WIN GAME 1, 6-5. YANKEES LEAD SERIES, 1-0.
In a nutshell: The Yankees bullpen got the job done and the Rangers bullpen suffered the worst massacre in Texas Rangers history.
End of story.
|Click on images to view larger|