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ALDS Game 1: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Oct 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (97-65)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70)
Nova vs. Tigers

TIGERS (95-67)
Austin Jackson CF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Alex Avila C
Ryan Raburn 2B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B

RHP Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83)
Fister vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:37., TBS

WEATHER: I thought last night felt like a great night, and then came the rain. Tonight feels like rain, so maybe it will be perfect.

UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Gerry Davis, 3B Dan Iassogna, LF Ted Barrett, RF Bill Welke

STARTING IN THE MIDDLE: The Yankees and Tigers are tied at 1 in the middle of the second inning. The game will resume exactly where it left off, with Jorge Posada due up to start the bottom of the second.

FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE: The suspended game is the first since the January 2009 rule amendment that says all postseason games become suspended games if they can called, regardless of how many innings have been played or the score at the time the game is called.

YOUNG ONE: If/when Jesus Montero makes his postseason debut, he will be the youngest Yankee to appear in a playoff game since Tommy Carrol, who was 19 during the 1955 World Series.

ON THIS DATE: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris hitting his record-setting 61st home run on the final day of the 1961 season.

UPDATE, 8:33PM: Vin Mercogliano here to do the in-game blogging. The Tigers just took the field to loud boos. No rain right now, and we’re all set to start on time. Kind of odd to see the Yankees batting first at home, but we’ve come to expect the unexpected at this point.

UPDATE, 8:39PM: Yanks off to a good start. Sharp single from Posada, then double in the left-center field gap from Martin. Think they’re glad to see Fister out there instead of Verlander?

UPDATE, 8:41PM: Bad base-running from Posada cost the Yankees the lead runner, but a Fister balk puts runners back on the 2nd and 3rd with one out and Jeter at the plate.

UPDATE, 8:46PM: Missed opportunity for the Yanks. Fister K’s Jeter and Granderson back-to-back to escape the jam. That’s a situation where you have to come away with something. Here comes Nova.

UPDATE, 8:52PM: Nova gets the Tigers to go 1-2-3 in his first inning of work. He just seems to have the composure to succeed in this setting.

UPDATE, 8:59PM: Fister really appears to have settled down. He gets the toughest part of the Yankee order to go down 1-2-3, striking out A-Rod and Teixeira.

UPDATE, 9:08PM: Nova looks like he’s relishing this stage. Another 1-2-3 inning, punctuated with a strikeout of Cabrera.

UPDATE, 9:18PM: Well, this may be the fastest moving Yankee game of the season. That’s two straight innings without a base-runner for either team.

UPDATE, 9:29PM: Great defensive play from the Yanks to save a run. Peralta singled to center with runners on 1st and 2nd, and they decided to send Avila. A beautiful relay throw from Jeter set up Martin to apply the tag just in time and keep the game tied at 1-1.

UPDATE, 9:32PM: Nova gets out of the inning by inducing pinch-hitter (and former Yank) Wilson Betemit to fly out to left. Hard to believe it’s only 9:30 and we’re already almost in the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:42PM: What looked like a Cano homer is now under review. The ball bounced on the very top of the wall, and came back into play. If it bounced the opposite way, it’s a no doubt homer. Interesting to see how they call it here.

UPDATE, 9:45PM: As expected, no homer. Just an RBI double for Cano. A-Rod gives the first pitch he sees a ride to center, but Jackson is there to track it down. Inning over. 2-1 Yanks.

UPDATE, 9:53PM: Nice defensive work from the Yankees to work around a leadoff walk to Jackson. First, Ordonez hits a ball straight back up to the middle, setting up an easy double play for Cano who fielded the ball while standing on second base. Then, Swisher makes a diving play towards the RF line to rob Young of extra bases.

UPDATE, 9:57PM: Great sign to see Tex driving the ball to the opposite field from the left-side of the plate. Apparently, he’s put in extra work with Kevin Long this week.

UPDATE, 10:01PM: Even with Nova throwing well and only at 52 pitches, Girardi has Rafael Soriano warming in the pen. Should he start messing with things even when they’re going well?

UPDATE, 10:07PM: Clutch two-out, two-run single from Gardner gives the Yanks a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 10:14PM: Another good at-bat from Granderson, and the bases are loaded after a two-out walk. Here comes the rookie everyone has been raving about, Al Alburquerque, to pitch to Cano.

UPDATE, 10:18PM: Cano paying huge dividends from the 3-hole. As Alburquerque was warming up, I tweeted that it seems like every time an opposing manager makes a pitching change for Robby recently, he seems to make them pay. He just came through again with the two-out grand slam. It’s 8-1 Yanks.

UPDATE, 10:21PM: Chad just informed me that that’s the first homer given up by Alburquerque all season. Wow.

UPDATE, 10:24PM: Nova comes back out, but Soriano is staying loose in the pen. You would think with a seven-run lead and four games in a row without a day off that Girardi would use this opportunity to save his big guns.

UPDATE, 10:32PM: Nova K’s Raburn to get out of the seventh with no damage. Very impressive showing for the rookie in his first playoff appearance.

UPDATE, 10:49PM: Nova back out for the eighth. Could he finish this game?

UPDATE, 10:59PM: No activity in the Yankee pen, so this appears to be Nova’s game to finish.

UPDATE, 11:09PM: Robinson Cano ties a Yankee record on an RBI double in the eighth; his sixth RBI of the day. It’s the fourth time a Yankee has had six in a playoff game, and it’s the first time since Hideki Matsui did it in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.

UPDATE, 11:20PM: That’s it for Nova, who comes out to a ringing ovation. Here comes Luis Ayala with the bases loaded to try and get the final two outs.

UPDATE, 11:29PM: Old Joe goes to Mo to finish out the game after Ayala fails to record the final out.

UPDATE, 11:32PM: Rivera with the three pitch strikeout. Ballgame over, 9-3. Yanks take a 1-0 series lead.




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