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ALDS Game 2: Yankees vs. Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Oct 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (1-0)
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 Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62)
Garcia vs. Tigers

TIGERS (0-1)
Austin Jackson CF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Wilson Betemit 3B
Ramon Santiago 2B

RHP Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43)
Scherzer vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 3:07., TBS

WEATHER: It’s a day game, and a nice day for one. A few clouds in the sky, breeze blowing right to left.

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

GOOD DAY SUNSHINE: The Yankees were a Major League-best 44-12 in day games this season, the highest -ever winning percentage in day games since 1900. According to Elias, the previous high came in 1906, when the Cubs went 116-36 during day games.

GOING DEEP: Tigers starter Max Scherzer gives up a lot of home runs, the Yankees led the Majors with 222 home runs this season. The Rangers and Red Sox were the only other teams to hit more than 200 homers this season.

STAYING CENTRAL: The Yankees are facing an AL Central team in the ALDS for the fifth straight season. They went 22-14 against the AL Central this season.

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN: The Yankees have now won seven straight ALDS games, the longest ever ALDS winning streak. It’s the second-longest LDS winning streak behind the Braves who won 10 in a row from 1995 through 1998.

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Might be a double into the corner in a lot of stadiums. Here, it’s a two-run homer by Miguel Cabrera, and the Tigers are up 2-0.

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: Garcia comes back with a scoreless second inning, keeping the game at 2-0 after Teixeira failed to take advantage of back-to-back two-out walks in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Yankees didn’t show much in the bottom of the second, went down in order without putting up much of a fight.

UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Pretty standard third inning for Garcia: Three soft outs surrounding one routine single. Still 2-0 heading into the bottom of the inning.

UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: Scherzer is seriously dealing. He looked scared of the heart of the order in the first inning, now he’s just plowed through Cano, Rodriguez and Teixeira in the fourth.

UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: Scherzer still has a no-hitter going, but he’s also at 81 pitches and the Tigers have Phil Coke getting loose.

UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Gardner sharp line out to third, Jeter grounder to short and Scherzer is through five innings with no hits and a 2-0 Tigers lead.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: No long ball, but Cabrera gets the job done with an RBI single to center field. It’s now a 3-0 Tigers lead, with this run made possible by Derek Jeter’s throwing error to start the inning.

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: Garcia’s finished after 5.1 innings. A series of singles and the Jeter error really hurt him in the sixth and the Tigers are up 4-0 with Boone Logan in to face Alex Avila. This is pretty much the one guy Logan’s supposed to get out this series.

UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Logan gets back to back strikeouts against dangerous hitters and gets the Yankees out of a sticky situation. It’s still 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 5:04 p.m.: Cano dunks a single just in front of Delmon Young. It’s enough to break up the no-hitter, but Rodriguez followed with a fly out to right and the Yankees are down to their last out in the sixth, still trailing 4-0.

UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: Teixeira pops out, and that’s that. Still 4-0 after six. Here comes Cory Wade.

UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Swisher walked and Posada singled, and now the Yankees have two on for the third time tonight.

UPDATE, 5:28 p.m.: Unless Gardner is hurt, this makes little sense. Chavez is 3-for-14 in his career against Benoit.

UPDATE, 5:37 p.m.: Quick work to get some dry dirt on the field, now the Yankees are ready to get going again in the top of the eighth.

UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: Granderson goes deep, but as Rodriguez pops up for the second out of the inning, the crowd lets him hear it with boos.

UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: So the Yankees could barely get a hit off Scherzer, but now they have a home run and a triple to start the ninth inning against Valverde? By the way, that was Posada’s first career postseason triple. It’s 5-2.

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