October 20, 2010 by staff
That is not the case for baseball fans in New York with a good memory.
Why do you want a man on foot to deal with a mill in a playoff game in this city?
Bengie Molina made the Yankees pay with a three-run bomb to left-field line in the Bronx, giving the Rangers the lead for good in the sixth inning of a 10-3 victory in Game 4 of NLCS American League. Happened to come exactly four years after his younger brother Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of Game 7 at Shea Stadium to send the Cardinals to the World Series.
But forgetting the history homer of the Molina family tree. Bengie Molina past as a murderer Yankees in the playoffs that have given pause Girardi. It’s a guy who homered three times in 2005, the Angels’ ALDS victory over the Yankees. And he had an RBI in each of the two previous games.
So why ask the Yankees right-hander AJ Burnett left-hander intentionally walking David Murphy with a man on second and two outs for the powerful Molina to the plate?
“It’s the game,” said Molina, who hit only .240 with two homers in 57 games after being traded from San Francisco to Texas this season. “Murphy is a great hitter and he kills righties. Why not walk and face me?” I have not had a great season.
“I do not think it’s a bad move. I think it’s the right decision that went wrong.”
It is a movement that the Yankees probably will not be able to recover.
Molina pounced on the first pitch he saw, sending a 92 mph fastball and above the left field wall. He pointed to his family in the stands as rounded third base and hit his chest as he approached the dugout.
His teammates fed into the excitement of Molina. The base of defeat the Rangers had been established.
“That was the big blow that he had been seeking,” said Michael Young.
Josh Hamilton homered twice as the Rangers trotted up the score in the late innings. Nelson Cruz broke the boomstick for a second deck in the ninth. But Molina’s blast was the most important moment of the game – and could be regarded as the greatest success in the Rangers playoff history.
“It was a huge lift,” said Hamilton, who has homered four times this series. “To be honest with you, the playoffs are stressful.’re On an emotional roller coaster. When Murphy walked to get there, no one there would not Bengie. He has done in the postseason, and has greatly time. He came through, and just to see him go up the way it was when he returned to the dugout, you have everything the world is going. ”
Girardi played the percentages. Molina made the Yankees pay again.
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