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Click photo for post-game video reportWith 1 out in the first inning, the latter 2 of Yankee starter Ivan Nova’s next 3 pitches went yard as 3rd baseman Don Kelly and leftfielder Delmon Young wasted no time slamming back-to-back dingers to give the Detroit Tigers a 2-0 lead. Nova, who threw 31 pitches in two innings, left after complaining of arm soreness after which the Yanks paraded out 6 pitchers, including ace lefthander C.C. Sabathia who gave up what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth inning on a 2 out RBI single by DH Victor Martinez which followed a leadoff double by centerfielder Austin Jackson and an intentional walk to 1st baseman Melky Cabrera. Tigers’ starter Doug Fister threw 92 pitches while holding the Yanks at bay. 2nd baseman Robinson Cano’s solo shot in the fifth was the only run scored on Fister although the Yankees had their chances. The Yanks got a run on a bases loaded walk in the seventh off of reliever Max Scherzer. But Tigers pitching held on throughout despite 2 Yanks bases loaded jams and other assorted threats, getting the Yanks out in the eighth after a 2 out single, and in order in the ninth as closer Jose Valverde notched his 2nd post-season save fanning A-Rod (or is that A-Roid??) swinging on 4 pitches to end it as the Tigers pounded Nova with back-to-back homers and edge the Yankees 3-2 to go to ALCS.
Just a bit of editorializing here. Just because the Yankees have won 27 world championships over the 88 seasons since they won their 1st crown in 1923, that doesn’t automatically make them baseball’s greatest team in 2011, as the Detroit Tigers aptly showed. In my humble opinion, they are a long way from the eras of Ruth/ Gehrig, Joltin’ Joe, Whitey Ford, Mantle and Maris or Mr. October. Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod, or A-Roid), Derek Jeter, Sabathia and company are just a bunch of grossly overpaid, under-working spoiled brats on a wacko team in a wacko town — New York City. The Yanks are going nowhere, but to the golf course, in 2011 and forseeable seasons to come! And it’ll sure be nice to walk down the street without being accosted by young Yankee fans shouting insults at the Phillies.
Check out the video above: the Tigers committed NO errors during the 5 game series.
AP’s game recap for Yahoo sports provides game highlights here and here.
In Friday’s deciding game 5 between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals, ace Roy Halladay, who won game 1, is scheduled to oppose Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter.
For all of Thursday’s and Friday’s scheduled playoff games throughout MLB, click here and here.