Yankees starter CC Sabathia scattered 11 of those hits as the Rangers went just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers left eight men on base. Texas' inability to drive in runs reached historic proportions for a postseason game.
"CC found a way to get us out every time," Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz said.
According to ESPN Research, not since the 1920 Brooklyn Dodgers has a team had at least 13 hits and scored two or fewer runs in a playoff game. The 2008 Chicago White Sox, the 1959 White Sox and the 1931 St. Louis Cardinals all had 12 hits and scored two or fewer runs in a postseason game.
"Yeah, it's pretty rare," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "You're facing a guy who's very capable of shutting you down with runners in scoring position. He started using his offspeed pitches very effectively. Tonight, he was, honestly, kind of effectively wild. He really wouldn't give us anything in the middle of the plate and it was tough to get some runs off him."