October 14, 2012 5:00 PM by Wade Blogs
The game was rather one sided until the 9th inning, per usual for the Yankees this postseason. The game was another pitching dual in the sense that minimal runs were scored on either side, until the 6th inning when a pair of singles would bring two Tigers across the plate to score. In the 8th inning Delmon Young hit a home run off of Derek Lowe to bring the Tigers lead to 3 runs. A few batters later Garcia singled to bring in Peralta as the Tigers took a 4-0 lead going into the Yankees half of the eighth.
The eighth was just like the first through the seventh of the
playoffs game. It was not until the bottom of the 9th when Ichiro started the comeback with a two-run homer with one out and Martin on. That brought the score of the game to 4-2. A few batters later, Raul Ibanez swung the bat and tied the game in the 9th inning…again.
Once again, Raul had injected life into the Yankees and gave their fan base hope of success. The Yankees failed to get a big hit to win the game but the Tigers came alive in the 12th inning to score. The Tigers may have scored runs but the Yankees’ biggest blow was losing Derek Jeter to an ankle injury. We have already touched on that in our previous article.
The Yankees need to look from within their individual self and see how they can succeed, how they can play like Jeter has in the postseason, and how they can simply string together hits.
**Update: Alex Rodriguez will not be playing shortstop during this series, barring any injury to Nix/Nunez.***
Game 2: Predictions: The Yankee offense comes alive but not electric. They will get into the Tigers bullpen early and secure victory.
Let’s GO YANKEES!