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ALDS Game 4: Yankees at Tigers

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Oct 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (1-2)
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 A.J. Burnett (11-11, 5.15)
Burnett vs. Tigers

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

RHP Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.75)
Porcello vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 8:37., TBS

WEATHER: Much, much nicer today than it was yesterday. Nothing but blue skies all afternoon.

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

BEEN HERE BEFORE: The Yankees are 1-4 in ALDS series when falling behind 2-games-to-1. The lone win came in 2001 against Oakland — you probably remember that one — and the Yankees are 7-6 in ALDS games when facing elimination.

NOT CLOSE ENOUGH: After last night’s 5-4 loss, the Yankees have had nine of their past 14 road games — dating back to September 8 — decided by one run. They have gone 3-6 in those games.

OLD TREND, NEW TREND: The Yankees are 7-5 in their last 12 games when the opponent’s starting pitcher is making his first career postseason start. They had won three such games in a row prior to Max Scherzer’s win in Game 2 of this ALDS.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Yankees are 8-9 in ALDS road games since 2002, but seven of those eight wins have come in Minneapolis. They lost both of their games at Comerica Park during the 2006 ALDS.

UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: Very nice play by Peralta to get Cano and cap a 1-2-3 top of the first for Porcello. Here’s A.J.

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: Austin Jackson walks and steals second easily. Runner at second with one out and the heart of the Tigers order coming to the plate.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Is it usually a good sign when the pitching coach goes to the mound after five batters?

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: And the high-wire act begins. Burnett walks the bases loaded, and gets out of it because Curtis Granderson is athletic enough to make a terrible read on a fly ball to center, but still make a leaping catch.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Teixeira absolutely crushes a line drive… right into the shift for an out.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: A clean, 10-pitch second inning for Burnett. Still scoreless through two.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Nice job by Martin to recognize early that Jeter’s double was going to fall. He took off early enough to score — just barely — and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Martin nearly caught up to Posada on the bases.

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: The Tigers first hit of the game is a big one, a home run that Victor Martinez absolutely crushed to right field. It’s a 2-1 Yankees lead in the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Burnett strikeouts Betemit for the second time tonight and the Yankees have a 2-1 lead after four innings. Burnett’s thrown 61 pitches.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: There’s a sharp double by Granderson for a 3-1 Yankees lead in the top of the fifth. Now the Tigers are intentionally walking Cano to load the bases for Alex Rodriguez.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Pretty deep sac fly by Rodriguez and it’s a 4-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 10:09 p.m.: A double play helps Burnett get through a scoreless fifth, and the Yankees are into their final four innings with a 4-1 lead. One more inning and they can go to Soriano, Robertson and Rivera.

UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Yankees had the bullpen active in the first inning, but Burnett’s still out there in the sixth. He’s given them what they needed.

UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: That’s all for Burnett, 5.2 innings, four hits, four walks and so far only one run. Soriano coming in to get the last out of the sixth inning with a runner at first.

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: My gosh, Curtis Granderson with an unreal diving catch to save at least a double. It’s rare that an entire press box says “wow” in unison, but it just happened. A terrific grab in the gap in left-center to end the sixth.

UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher just had three straight hits. Seriously, it happened. And now Jesus Montero has come on deck to pinch hit for Posada, but the Tigers are going to the bullpen for a right-hander. No indication whether Girardi plans to stick with Montero or pinch hit someone like Chavez.

UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: Montero’s first postseason at-bat ends with an RBI single — it came after a run-scoring balk — and the lead is up to 6-1 in the eighth.

UPDATE, 11:17 p.m.: Now this game is getting out of hand, with the Yankees scoring six runs — and counting — in the eighth to make it 10-1.

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