I get the feeling Lance Berkman’s little foul territory slip-up from tonight’s ALCS Game 5 is gonna be Adam Lind’s favourite dance move should the Jays be brave enough to move him to move him to first base next season. The Big Puma survived his fall though, and the Yankees went on to beat the Rangers 7-2 to cut Texas’ lead in the series to 3-2.
The Rangers managed 11 hits off CC Sabathia in six innings, but an early 5-0 lead behind a three-run second and solo homers in the third from Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano ensured this one was never in doubt. The only thing in doubt, really, was the safety of Alex Rodriguez, who apparently was the target of a deranged fan that ran on the field in the fifth inning of Monday night’s game looking to wipe him out for his reported relationship with Cameron Diaz. Crazy, but true. The poor nut is in hospital, where he’ll be arraigned via satellite Thursday and likely sent away to a the nearest Cuckoo’s Nest, where he’ll probably plead for the right to watch the World Series. They oughtta make a movie about it, really.
As mentioned, the win pulls the Yankees back to within a game of the Rangers, though they still face the daunting task of winning two straight on the road, one of which would have to be against King Cliff Lee. To reach that point, they’ll have to get Friday’s Game 6 first, which is shaping up to feature a rematch of Colby Lewis and Phil “Mr. May” Hughes. That said, I’ll take Texas in six. Or maybe seven. Either way, it doesn’t matter, because nobody is beating Lee this October.