It was a long day and an even longer night for the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers. Before game four of the American League Championship Series got underway, both teams sat through a two hour and 13 minute rain delay. Once the game began, the Tigers struck first in the bottom of the first courtesy of a Miguel Cabrera two-run double off of Rangers starter, Matt Harrison, scoring Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn. Tigers starter, Rick Porcello, pitched lights out until he reached the sixth inning. In the sixth, the Rangers scored three times to take the lead. Ian Kinsler started it off by doubling in David Murphy. Later, Elvis Andrus followed with a single that drove in Kinsler. Michael Young capped the inning off with a single that scored Elvis Andrus.The Tigers answered in the seventh. With two outs, Brandon Inge belted a solo home run off of Alexi Ogando, giving the Tigers life and nodding the game at 3.
Just like game two in Texas, this one went to extra innings. With one out in the bottom of the 10th Austin Jackson was hit by a pitch with only one out. That brought Ryan Raburn to the plate and Miguel Cabrera on-deck. Jackson attempted to steal second but was gunned down by Mike Napoli. With two outs, Raburn struck out to end the inning.
In the Rangers 11th, Josh Hamilton lead off by driving a double to left field off of Detroit closer, Jose Valverde. With one out, Adrian Beltre was given an intentional pass to put runners on first and second. Mike Napoli followed with a single to center that scored Hamilton. Then stepped to the plate, the new Mr. October, Nelson Cruz. In game two of the series, Cruz hit a walk-off grand slam home run to give the Rangers the win. Cruz delivered again Wednesday in Detroit, crushing a 413 foot bomb to left-center that put the Rangers ahead for good, 7-3.
The series continues Thursday in Detroit, C.J. Wilson will be on the mound for the Rangers and faces-off against Justin Verlander of the Tigers.
ALCS Stats of the Day:
- With one out and nobody on the for the Tigers in the bottom of the eighth, Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked. That is only the 10th intentional walk in postseason history with the bases empty. The others to do it were Barry Bonds (4), Alex Rodriguez (2), Albert Pujols (1), Frank Thomas (1), and Greg Luzinski (1).
- Nelson Cruz has played in 24 postseason games and now has 10 home runs.
- Nelson Cruz is the first player ever to hit two extra-inning home runs in the same series.
Wednesday, October 12th, Comerica Park – Detroit, Michigan
Texas 7, Detroit 3 (11 innings)
(WP: Feldman) (LP: Valverde)
Texas leads the best of seven series three games to one.
In St. Louis Wednesday night, the story line was set to be pitching, pitching and more pitching. Yovani Gallardo going for the Brewers against Cardinals Ace, Chris Carpenter. That folks is why they play the games.
The Cardinals came to the plate in the bottom of the second with their hitting shoes on. RBI’s by John Jay, Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina and David Freese gave them a 4-0 lead. The only reason why Milwaukee stater Yovani Gallardo got out of the inning was because he got Molina to hit into a double-play with nobody out.
The Brewers put two on the board, against Carpenter, in the top of the second and scored their final run via a Mark Kotsay bomb to right field in the top of the third. Kotsay started over Nyjer Morgan in center because his stats off of Carpenter were much better. Brewers manager, Ron Roenicke, explained this to Morgan before the game and it paid off.
Both Carpenter and Gallardo handed the ball over to their respective bullpens in the sixth inning. The Brewers could not muster another hit after the fourth inning and did not have a base runner after the fifth.
The Brewers and the Cardinals will face off again on Thursday in Missouri.
NLCS Stat of the Day:
- Yovani Gallardo gave up four earned runs in the first inning, that is twice as many runs he had given up in his first 21 postseason innings pitched.
Wednesday, October 12th, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 4
(WP: Carpenter) (LP: Gallardo) (SV: Motte)
St. Louis leads the best of seven series two games to one.
The Good in Sports congratulates the Rangers and the Cardinals for their
victories and wishes all teams the best of luck.
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