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Tigers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 9:13 pm
DETROIT -- The Tigers needed a big performance from Justin Verlander.

They also needed some breaks.

They got both, and this fantastic American League Championship Series is headed back to Texas for the weekend. And as unlikely as it seemed late Wednesday night and Thursday morning, there's now a real chance the Tigers could win this series.

The Rangers still lead the ALCS, three games to two, but you could argue that both remaining pitching matchups -- Max Scherzer vs. Derek Holland in Saturday's Game 6, and Doug Fister vs. Colby Lewis if it goes to Game 7 Sunday -- would favor the Tigers.

It should be a fascinating finish. This series deserves it.

There was more drama Thursday, with the Tigers trying to save their season on a day when manager Jim Leyland declared that both Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit -- the only two relievers he really trusts -- were unavailable due to too much work the last three days.

Leyland pushed Verlander to a career-high 133 pitches, finally pulling him after he allowed a two-run home run to Nelson Cruz (who else?) on the 133rd pitch.

Oh, and that 133rd pitch was a 100 mph fastball.


Kind of like the sixth inning, when this game (and maybe this series?) turned.

It was 2-2 when the sixth began, and the Rangers had the bases loaded with two out against a tired Verlander. But on Verlander's 113th pitch, Ian Kinsler hit a ground ball to third for an inning-ending double play.

On to the bottom of the sixth, which began with a Ryan Raburn single. Miguel Cabrera followed with a ground ball that seemed headed for third baseman Adrian Beltre, and for a double play. Instead, the ball hit the corner of the third-base bag, hopped over Beltre and rolled all the way into the left-field corner for a run-scoring double.

One break for the Tigers.

The next break: Rangers manager Ron Washington, who has gone to his bullpen early and often in every game of this series, was ultra-slow to get his bullpen working behind starter C.J. Wilson.

Washington inexplicably allowed Wilson to pitch the rest of the sixth inning. Victor Martinez followed Cabrera's freak double with a triple, and Delmon Young followed that with a home run.

With an off day Friday, with Verlander's pitch count soaring and with the Tiger bullpen spent, it was a strange move.

But what a game, and what a series.

Remember, Young wasn't supposed to even be playing, after he strained his oblique in Game 5 against the Yankees. Martinez is ailing, as is Alex Avila, whose home run gave the Tigers their first run of the day.

Incredible series. And now it goes on.


Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:46 pm

Tigers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

love it...a little ver & coke to drink and the boro reds to bone...jimmy bones taking us back to the other D...great comment.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:38 pm
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Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:06 pm

Tigers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

Like Cabrera looked into the Ranger dugout, and talked smack on a Cruz double play hit back to the pitcher in Wednesday's night game?  They all do it...get the homer glasses off...

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:52 pm

Tigers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

..One more thing someone needs to knock cruz on his punk ass!
Why haven't the Tigers plunked him yet?  Or at least thrown inside to get him off his game?  Mutherbleeper is on fire.  Verlander should have given him some high inside cheese in that last AB.  I am not advocating injury, but they have got to do something to get him off this streak.

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:49 pm

Tigers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

Tigers are not done  by a long stretch. That was no lucky bounce , that was a base hit that hit the bag. Happens all the time. With Scherzer pitching tomorrow and Doug Fister in another game seven, all the heat is on the Rangers. You are goin to see the Rangers butt start to pucker a little. Pitching wins. Tigers win in seven.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:31 pm
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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:50 pm

TIgers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

     I said it before the Yankee's series that that series was too close to call and the difference would be Leyland, and it was, in spades, in that series. Leyland's masterful juggling of the line-ups, and rotations plus in-game, pre-game, and post game, exhibition, so intimidated New York that Girardi embarressed himself in the final game to the point didn't even like watching, even if you are a Red Sox fan, now thats what you call unravelling. I think the intimidation factor slowly but surely creeped in, in that series, as it is in this series. Washington is undoubtedly feeling the pressure. He made mistakes last year though, in the play-offs and world series. You have to think the pressure is getting to him here again, and the players know it. I think for instance, in New York, Girardi hasn't had the players confidence last year when they lost to the Rangers, and especially this year with Leyland at the opposite dugout's helm. Now like the Yankees with their coach, well the Rangers are getting a little queasy, and nervous, though not as bad as New York. This is a great American league series , and great for baseball, with all clean players who might drink a little too much here, and there, but, those human weaknesses are real ones many of us deal with who are fans. The drugs of choice in New York are steroids, and HGH, and taint any series that the Yanks play, but they also turn off the American Baseball fan.
     After all is said and done here ? Who knows I'm rootin fer both teams to rock em and sock em, and keep pickin themselves, and their opponent up for a wild and wacky conclusion. The other series going on is just as spectacular, and storied. The World Series cannot upstage these series', or can it ? Baseball come a long way back without Aroid to taint the specacle with his history of PED's. Thanks Detroit for knocking NY out, and anointing a new era of pure, and clean baseball, that can still awe the fans with breathtaking plays of pure, masterfull skill, and brawn, that is borne of clean living and hard work, ala Albert Pujols. My word!!... all those names... Leyland, Washington, Pujols, Cabrera, Cruz, Fielder, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Texas, Detroit, Verlander, it goes on and on... all clean, all beautiful, and scintillatingly delightful to watch, and shudder in awe at the spectacle..once again that is baseball heaven...Shoeless Joe has a Milwaukee beer, and a  Beef Sandwich from Boog's right now, somewhere out in a clear patch of cornfield, with one big screen TV with the St. Louis game on, and the other with the Detroit-Texas game, and he's got some buddies with him from throughout the ages of Cooperstown Lore.

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:21 pm

TIgers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

This is an awesome series and Cruz has owened it. The Ranger fans deserve a closout in their home park!

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:18 pm

TIgers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

I don't think the rangers need bulletin board material. Not that this article could really be considered as such. Usually it comes from someone from the other team, veterans teams like the rangers are less likely to listen to sports reporters. The rangers have a one game lead, home field advantage for the next two games and they have murdered the tigers bullpen. I love my team but they have a tall task ahead.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:12 pm

TIgers win, and incredible ALCS goes on

A little Verlander a little Coke and 3 packs of Marlboro Reds and we're going back to Texas baby!

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