American League Championship Series @ Comerica Park

Tigers split the first two games at Comerica to even series at 2-2

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, National Sports,   By: Thomas Baird

17th October, 2013     0

The 2013 American League Championship Series moved to Comerica Park after the Tigers and Red Sox split the first two games in Boston.  The Tigers won Game #1 on a 1-0 victory and then came back to take a 5-0 lead in Game #2 only to see one of the most memorable Home Runs in baseball.  David Ortiz hit a Grand Slam in the bottom of the 8th inning to tie the game at 5-5 and then saw the Red Sox come back and score the winning run in the bottom of the 9th for a 6-5 victory. 

Detroit headed home to the friendly confines of Comerica Park where the next three games of the ALCS would be played. Under pretty nice weather conditions the Tigers would play in front of sell out rally towel waving fans.  Justin Verlander would take the mound for the Tigers in Game #3 and pitch a wonderful game under any other conditions.  He lasted 8 innings with 10 strikeouts and the only blemish was a solo home run to Red Sox Mike Napoli.  The Tiger offense went cold in game #3. 

Doug Fister would start Game #4 for the Tigers and pitched very well for 6 innings but was the recipient of 7 Tigers runs early.  This allowed Fister a little room for error just in case.  The Tiger bats started to come alive with Manager Jim Leyland changing the line-up by moving lead off Austin Jackson down to 8th in the batting order.  Jackson actually came through with a great evening with 2 hits and 2 walks.  Miguel Cabrera broke out of a little slump that he has been playing through by getting two hits. The Tigers would win Game #4 7-3 to even the 7 game series at 2 games each.

With the Tiger victory in Game #4 it will mean that Detroit will be returning to Boston for sure.  Tonight's starter Anibal Sanchez will try to swing the Series in Detroit's favor.  The Tiger pitching staff has been outstanding for the entire 2013 playoffs.  The hitting has been hot and cold with both Austin Jackson and Prince Fielder in the biggest slumps of the season and at the wrong time. 

I still see the Tigers winning the American League Championships Series in 7 games
 with Justin Verlander taking the ball in the Final game to put Detroit back into the World Series in 2013. 


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