Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tigers take Gm 1 of ALCS, 5-1

Robertson, Inge & Co. rip Oakland in the ALCS opener

There may be a higher power guiding Pudge & the Tigers
GAME 1: Tigers 5-1
WP- Nate Robertson
LP- Barry Zito
HR- DET: Inge, Rodriguez

It looked like Barry Zito was going to reprise his ALDS Game 1 performance when he out pitched Johan Santan for the win. Zito retired the first 8 batters he faced on a variety of pitches, including his nasty yakker. But then Brandon Inge came up with 2 outs in the 3rd. Boom, with tone crack of the bat and one missile-shot HR, the Tigers got back on that roll that helped them off the Stankees. They would add 1 more that inning and then hang a 3-spot on the former Cy winner, started by a Pudge-less solo shot and chased Zito from the game. It was smooth sailing from there for Detroit, well except for a few 2 men on situations.
How about these numbers: 3-22 with men on base, 0-13 with RISP, 9 men left on and a whopping ALCS record 4 double plays grounded into. The A's had a chance to get back in it in the 4th. Down 5-0 they put the first 2 men on against Detroit starter Nate Robertson. But Nasty Nate went on to fan the next 3 hitters, pumping his fist after a filthy heater caught Marc Scutaro looking as if to say "This game is ours, boys." Although Oakland actually put pressure on the Tigers terrific pen, actually scoring a run off of Joel 103mph Zumaya,they were never seriously challenged.

The last 4 teams to lose Game 1 of the ALCS went on to win the Series (Chisox, Bosox, Stanks, Angels.)

Tonight the Tigers send equally nasty rookie Justin Verlander against Esteban Loiaza. Not good for Oakland when one of your most important games of the season is trusted to that 1-Year Wonder. Look for Detroit to ride the wave of a 2-o lead back to Motown.

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