Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 5: Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson Spark Big Inning

Though CC Sabathia has allowed three hits through two innings, he hasn't allowed a run, which is ultimately the most important part of his game. And by keeping the Rangers scoreless, Sabathia gave the Yankees an opportunity to take an early lead, which they went and did in the second inning courtesy of wildness from C.J. Wilson and shoddy defense.

Wilson started off with a four-pitch walk of Alex Rodriguez. He followed that by getting Marcus Thames to pop out, but Lance Berkman then drew another four-pitch walk to put two on with one out.

Up came Jorge Posada, and Posada was able to deliver the base hit the Yankees have been missing for several days. Posada hit a grounder through the hole into left field, scoring Rodriguez from second to put the hosts on top.

Things didn't get any better for Texas in the next at bat, when Curtis Granderson lined a single to right. The base hit scored Berkman, and when Posada rounded second and ran for third, Jeff Francoeur's throw escaped third baseman Michael Young. Posada was safe at third and continued home on the wild throw, and Wilson - who was backing up the play - then made another wild throw home, allowing Posada to reach safely. The Rangers had two opportunities to throw Posada out on the basepaths, but neither throw was on the mark.

The Yankees were thus up 3-0, with Granderson on second base. Brett Gardner struck out and Derek Jeter grounded out to end the frame, but it was a big one for New York, as they have a lead and they have Wilson's pitch count up to 38. If Sabathia can get settled in, there'll be a Game 6.

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