American League Game Summary - Detroit at New York|
(Sunday, October 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, New York 0
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Anibal Sanchez tossed seven brilliant innings and
the Detroit Tigers beat the Derek Jeter-less New York Yankees, 3-0, on Sunday
to take a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.
Miguel Cabrera, Avisail Garcia and Delmon Young had an RBI apiece for the
Tigers, who won 6-4 in 12 innings in Game 1 on Saturday night.
Sanchez (1-1) gave up just three hits while striking out seven and walking
three for Detroit. Phil Coke tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
Hiroki Kuroda (0-1), who was perfect through five innings, allowed three runs
on five hits over 7 2/3 innings for the Yankees, who had just four hits. The
right-hander struck out 11 and walked zero.
"I thought both starting pitchers were absolutely terrific," Tigers manager
Jim Leyland said. "I haven't seen that much of Kuroda. I thought he was
terrific, and Sanchez was matching him inning for inning. Not a hit through
five I guess it was."
The Yankees played a postseason game without either Mariano Rivera or Jeter on
the roster for the first time since Oct. 28, 1981 (Game 6 of the World
Series). Jeter fractured his ankle in Game 1 and will miss the rest of the
postseason, while Rivera was lost in May to a torn ACL.
New York manager Joe Girardi celebrated his 48th birthday with an ejection.
Girardi was unhappy with what appeared to be a missed call by second base
umpire Jeff Nelson in the eighth inning. The Tigers went on to score two
insurance runs in the frame.
Game 3 will take place on Tuesday in Detroit.
The Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the seventh. Quintin Berry led off with a
ground-rule double to center, advanced to third on Cabrera's single to right
and scored when Young grounded into a fielder's choice. Young hit a grounder
to Jayson Nix and the shortstop went to second with the throw in hopes of
starting a double play. Robinson Cano lost control of the ball while trying to
move it from his glove to his hand.
Detroit tacked on two more runs in the eighth. With two outs, Omar Infante and
Austin Jackson hit back-to-back singles. Infante ran past second on Jackson's
single to right. Nick Swisher threw to second and Cano appeared to tag Infante
on the chest sliding back. Nelson called Infante safe and Girardi came out to
argue the call to no avail.
"Yeah, it's frustrating," Girardi said. "I don't have a problem with Jeff's
effort, I don't, because he hustled to get to the play. But in this day and
age when we have instant replay available to us, it's got to change. These
guys are under tremendous amounts of pressure. It is a tough call for him
because the tag is underneath and it's hard for him to see. And it takes more
time to argue and get upset than you get the call right. Too much is at
The inning continued and pinch-hitter Garcia knocked in a run with a bloop
single to right off reliever Boone Logan. Girardi then got into a heated
discussion with Nelson and was tossed while Joba Chamberlain came in from the
bullpen. Cabrera followed with an RBI single to right to make it 3-0.
The Tigers decided to stick with Coke in the ninth. Leyland had
announced earlier Sunday that Jose Valverde would not be the closer in
Game 2. Valverde blew the save in Game 1.
Raul Ibanez, who hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning on
Saturday, led off for the Yankees in their last at-bat. This time around,
Ibanez struck out swinging. Russell Martin also struck out swinging prior to
Alex Rodriguez's single. Curtis Granderson went down swinging to end the game.
New York's best chance to score early on came in the first inning. With men on
first and second and two outs, Martin grounded out.
Meanwhile, Kuroda struck out eight batters through the first five frames.
Jhonny Peralta ended Kuroda's bid for a perfect game in the sixth with a
leadoff single up the middle.
The Yankees failed to score after putting men on the corners with two outs in
the home sixth. Martin grounded out to end the inning.
The Tigers are the 23rd team in LCS history (AL and NL) to take a 2-0 series
lead since the advent of the best-of-seven format in 1985, and all but three
of the previous 22 have advanced to the World Series ... Kuroda made a start
on short rest (three days or less) for the first time in his career. His 11
strikeouts matched the third-most by a pitcher in Yankees postseason history
... Cabrera has now reached base safely in all 18 career postseason games
with the Tigers. His streak is tied for the longest in franchise
history, as Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg had an 18-game streak from Oct. 3,
1934 to Oct. 4, 1945 ... The Yankees replaced Jeter with infielder Eduardo
Nunez on their ALCS roster ... New York went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring
position stranded seven.
10/14 21:10:59 ET