Baseball Open Thread ~ Championship Series
posted at 2:55 pm on October 14, 2012 by Rovin
ALCS: The first game of the ALCS, (seven game series), took an unexpected turn for the Yankees. The Detroit Tigers blew a four-run lead going into the 9th inning, but pulled out a 6-4 victory to go up 1-0 in the series. The Yanks also suffered a devastating loss to their Hall of Fame bound shortstop Derek Jeter—who will be lost for the remainder of the playoffs:
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees lost the AL Championship Series opener and their captain when Derek Jeter broke his left ankle moments after Detroit’s Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, giving the Tigers a bizarre 6-4 win on Saturday night.
In a game of wild swings and wild swings of emotion, the Tigers took a 4-0 lead into the ninth before Raul Ibanez struck again, hitting a tying, two-run homer with two outs that turned a somber crowd into a delirious one.
Game #2 resumes today at Yankee Stadium, (4:00 PM ET, 1:00 PM Pacific), with Hiroki Kuroda, (16-11, 3.32 ERA) starting for the Yanks, and Anibal Sanchez, (9-13 3.86 ERA) going for the Tigers.
In the nightcap, the St. Louis Cardinals will be at the San Francisco Giants (8 PM ET, 5 PM Pacific). Starting pitchers will be the Cards’ Lance Lynn, (18-7, 3.78 ERA) against Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, (16-11, 3.37 ERA).
NLCS: Both the Cardinals and the Giants reached the NLCS by upsetting their foes in spectacular fashion—the Cards coming back from a 6-0 deficit to break the hearts of the Washington Nationals in the final game, AND the San Francisco Giants coming back from an 0-2 deficit to win three straight in Cincinnati—both record performances.
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