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The Rangers are down 1-0 in this best-of-seven ALCS and they can thank the bullpen as the reason why. What an atrocious job by the relief corps, with pitchers being so bad they only lasted one pitch.
After C.J. Wilson turned the game over to the bullpen with a 5-2 lead in the eighth, a Yankees explosion followed. Darren Oliver—a 40-year-old veteran—walked the first two batters he faced, as he came in two face a couple of switch hitters.
With the bases loaded and no out, Darren O'Day allowed a two-run single to Alex Rodriguez, as the Yankees cut the deficit to 5-4. It was on the first pitch he threw and Rangers manager Ron Washington immediately gave him the hook.
Clay Rapada then came on and added fuel to the fire. Also on the first pitch—facing Robinson Cano lefty on lefty—he allowed a game-tying single. Rapada would be replaced after one pitch as Derek Holland relieved.
Marcus Thames, on the sixth pitch, put the Yankees on top, 6-5, with a single to left field. He would then record the three outs in the inning necessary to end the six-run rally.
It was a total meltdown by a team looking for its first ever home playoff win. If the Rangers have—or had—any plans of beating the Yankees in this series, a bullpen pitching like it did will ruin them all.