NEW YORK -- The Rangers made history Wednesday, just not the way they hoped.
They tied a postseason record for most hits in a game while scoring two runs or fewer. The Rangers slapped 13 hits in the 7-2 loss to the Yankees in Game 5, matching the total of the 1920 Brooklyn Dodgers in a World Series game against the Cleveland Indians.
How did the Rangers manage to turn so many hits into so few runs?
Josh Hamilton, who went 1-for-4 and grounded into an inning-ending double play to kill a rally in the sixth inning, studied film for his answer.
“You remember in Forrest Gump when he’s running along the side of the road and that guy handed him that shirt and he rubbed it on his face?” Hamilton said. “Yeah, well, It Happens. It’s baseball, baby. Sometimes you do it, sometimes you don’t.”
Manager Ron Washington simply tipped his cap to Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who allowed two runs on 11 hits in six innings, for consistently getting out of trouble. The Rangers were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
“He made key pitches when he had to,” Washington said. “That’s why he won the games he won and that’s why he’s considered one of the best pitchers in the game. They bend, they don’t break.”