Rangers joyride stalls as Lee runs out of fuel

By Ed Stoddard

ARLINGTON, Texas (BestGrowthStock) – The Texas Rangers enjoyed a thrilling ride to reach a first World Series in their 50 years as a franchise but the journey stalled short of a dream finish along with their post-season ace Cliff Lee.

Lee entered the World Series with a 7-0 record over the last two post-seasons but the magic ran out for the Rangers pitcher and his second loss to San Francisco on Monday conceded the championship to the Giants.

The left-hander, who helped Texas to playoff wins over the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, followed his 11-7 loss in the series opener with a 3-1 defeat in Game Five that turned on Edgar Renteria’s three-run homer in the seventh.

“It was a classic pitchers’ duel down to that home run,” a downcast Lee told reporters in the quiet clubhouse after Texas’s 4-1 defeat in the best-of-seven series.

“Nobody in this room is more disappointed than I am.

“You know, that’s the way the game goes sometimes. You have to give those guys credit, they were a better team this series.”

The Giants outscored the Rangers 29-12 in the five games and recorded two shutouts against Texas, who had led the American League in batting during the regular season.

Rangers manager Ron Washington congratulated San Francisco on a resounding victory that ended a 56-year World Series title drought for the Giants.

QUALITY PLAYERS

“They beat us soundly,” said Washington, who disputed the pre-series view that the pitching-rich Giants lacked punch on offense compared to the Rangers.

“You look at that lineup that the Giants have, they have some quality players out there,” Washington said about the champions, who were led by veteran shortstop and series MVP Renteria.

“Renteria, this wasn’t his first rodeo in the World Series, either. He’s a big time player. So is (Juan) Uribe, big time player and he’s playing big time.”

Renteria also produced the winning hit in the Florida Marlins’ Game Seven win in the 1997 World Series and Uribe was a member of the 2005 champion Chicago White Sox.

Third baseman Michael Young, an 11-year veteran of the Rangers, said he was charged up by the trip to the series.

“It’s the best group I’ve ever been on,” Young said. “We all know how good this team is. We know now where we want to be. When people talk about the postseason being addictive, I can see what that means.”

Lee said: “Obviously we were disappointed but there’s a lot to build on. There’s a lot of firsts for this organization.

“We were the second best team in the big leagues and we should be proud of that. We’re going to use that as motivation next year and try to do better.”

(Additional reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by John O’Brien)

Rangers joyride stalls as Lee runs out of fuel