So Michael Young finally announced his arrival in the postseason today. Michael's first ever postseason hit was a three run home run in the fifth inning today. What a way to break into the groove. That blast helped sink the Rays but didn't do it all.
Of course Matt Treanor's heads-up base running and Ian Kinsler's homer also helped give starter C.J. Wilson the lead he needed.
Well, C.J. needed at least the run Treanor scored. In 6.1 innings he struck out seven, allowed only two hits, and held Tamp Bay scoreless. This all in spite of wearing the gray road uniforms (like the swatch on this 2006 Flair Showcase Stitches card of Young) rather than the blue ones he prefers (like the one Michael has on in the picture).
Great to see the guys win a couple on the road and come home with a two game lead in the series. Tomorrow's a travel day and then it's game on again. Next match-up is Colby Lewis versus Matt Garza in Arlington. It would be nice to see Texas win their first postseason series ever at home in front of the fans.
*** Concerning the check swing call on Michael Young just before his home run. For all of Joe Maddon's screaming about the call the Rangers didn't need it. The Rays couldn't match the runs Texas already had on the board. Irrelevant. ***