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Sunday, October 17, 2010
How Rangers pitching held NYY in Game 2

By Richard Durrett

ESPN Stats & Information provided this look at how the Rangers were able to hold down the Yankees in a 7-2 win in Game 2 of the ALCS.

First, starter Colby Lewis:

* Lewis used the curveball as his out pitch and it worked well. The Yankees went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

* Lewis struck out six Yankee hitters, with four of them coming on pitches out of the zone.

* Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez went a combined 0-for-6 against Lewis.

Here's how the Rangers' bullpen bounced back from a rough Game 1 to finish off NYY in Game 2:

* Clay Rapada threw seven sliders in nine pitches to finish out the sixth with a strikeout of Marcus Thames.

* In the 7th, Alexi Ogando threw 25 pitches (23 fastballs) that averaged 97 mph and topped out at 99 mph. Despite allowing a hit to Alex Rodriguez that put Mark Teixeira in scoring position, Ogando struck out Robinson Cano on a 97 mph fastball.

* After an 8th inning where they lost the lead on Friday, the Darren's (Oliver and O'Day) threw 12 of their 16 combined pitches inside to hitters, which led to a strikeout and two groundouts.

* Rookie of the Year candidate Neftali Feliz came out throwing gas in the 9th, averaging 98 mph and maxing out at 100 mph (on a radar gun at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington known as 'The Humbler' by the staff because it seems to be a tick or two lower than other parks). The same five hitters who saw Ogando in the 7th met fireballer Feliz in the 9th, and despite 2 walks, Feliz got of out of danger and the Rangers to a 7-2 win.