In a rematch of game one, C.J. Wilson and Justin Verlander took the mound for game five of the American League Championship Series. Wilson did not get a decision in the game while Verlander took the loss.
Before the game, Tigers manager, Jim Leyland, made it clear relievers Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde were not available. This meant Leyland would rely heavily on Verlander and Phil Coke out of the pen. And that is exactly what he did.
The Rangers struck first in this one courtesy of a Josh Hamilton sacrifice fly in the top of the first, driving in Ian Kinsler. The scored stayed 1-0 until Alex Avila tied it with a home run to left in the bottom of the third for the Tigers. That was the first of four home runs hit by Detroit. Delmon Young hit two home runs, one in the bottom of the fourth and the other in the bottom of the sixth, which gave the Tigers a 6-2 lead. Victor Martinez and Ryan Raburn also had home runs for the Tigers.
Texas did not go quietly in this one. Down 7-2 in the top of the eighth Mr. October (Nelson Cruz) hit his fifth home run of the ALCS, a postseason series record, trimming the lead to three. Cruz was the last batter Verlander faced after throwing a career-high 133 pitches. The pitch Cruz hit was clocked at 100 mph on the stadium radar gun. In the top of the ninth, the Rangers made it interesting against reliever, Phil Coke, but was only able to get one run. Final score, 7-5.
The teams will enjoy a much deserved off-day tomorrow as they both head back to Texas for game six on Saturday.
ALCS Stat of the Day:
- In the bottom of the sixth the Tigers did something that never before has been done in postseason play. Four consecutive batters – Raburn singled, Cabrera doubled, Martinez tripled, and Young homered. The Tigers hit for the cycle.
Thursday, October 13, 2011, Comerica Park – Detroit, Michigan
Texas 5, Detroit 7
(WP: Verlander) (LP: Wilson) (SV: Coke)
Texas leads the best of seven series three games to two.
The Brewers and the Cardinals met Thursday night for game four of the National League Championship Series in St. Louis. The Cardinals were playing for a two game lead while the Brewers were playing for the chance to get the series back to Miller Park.
The Cardinals scored their only two runs of the game courtesy of the long-ball. The first solo homer came off the bat of Matt Holliday in the bottom of the second. The ball barely cleared the fence but counted the same as a 500 foot blast. Allen Craig gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third with a 418 foot shot that landed in the Cardinals bullpen.
The Brewers got on the board in the bottom of the third. Following a Prince Fielder double, Jerry Hairston doubled to left driving in Fielder. Yuniesky Betancourt quickly singled to center, which scored Hairston and tied the game at two.
The score was tied going into the fifth. With Nyjer Morgan on third, Cardinals starter, Kyle Lohse, out of the game, Ryan Braun singled to left to score Morgan off of Mitchell Boggs. The Brewers added another run in the sixth courtesy of an error by Cardinals second baseman, Ryan Theriot, which scored Rickie Weeks.
Brewers starter, Randy Wolf, was lights out in this game. He went seven innings, surrendered six hits, allowed two runs (both earned), walked one and struck out six.
The win for the Brewers ensures a game six in Milwaukee. The Brewers and Cardinals will be back at it on Friday in St. Louis for game five.
NLCS Stats of the Day:
- This was the fourth consecutive game the Cardinals bullpen had to pitch more than four innings.
- Randy Wolf of the Brewers is only the second starting pitcher to make it through six innings in this series. The first was Zack Greinke in game one.
Thursday, October 13, 2011, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Milwaukee 4, St. Louis 2
(WP: Wolf) (LP: Lohse) (SV: Axford)
The best of best of seven series is tied at two.
The Good in Sports congratulates the Tigers and the Cardinals for their victories and wishes all teams the best of luck.
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