Former Mud Hens play key roles in Tigers ALDS win
Tue, 04 Oct 2011 06:28:57 GMT —
Delmon Young may have been the hero of the night with his go-ahead solo home run in the 7th inning, but before that three former Toledo Mud Hens helped the Tigers take control of the game.
It started in the 3rd when Brandon Inge, whom we last saw in Toledo in August, opened the inning with a double to left-center. After an Austin Jackson walk, another former Hen, Ramon Santiago, singled to left bringing around Inge and pulling the Tigers within one run. They would later tie the game at two when Miguel Cabrera grounded into a double play, scoring Jackson.
"I just tried to work hard and get back up here and now to be able to contribute...it feels pretty good," said Inge after the game.
In the 5th it was Inge again leading off the inning, this time a single to center. Once again it was Santiago who delivered, doubling to left and scoring Inge, giving Detroit a 3-2 lead. Santiago has had three separate stints in the Glass City, the last of which came in 2008.
In the 6th, Don Kelly subbed in for Magglio Ordonez in right field. In the bottom half he led off with a bunt that pitcher CC Sabathia was unable to handle. With Kelly on first, Jhonny Peralta doubled to left scoring the former Hen and giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead. Kelly played 105 games for Toledo in the 2009 season.
After the Yankees tied it up in the top of the 7th, Young sent the first pitch he saw to right field giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead that they never gave back.
Despite giving up two runs in the 1st and 7th, Justin Verlander was his usual dominant self, striking out 11 batters while only walking four and giving up six hits in eight innings of work.
In the 9th Jose Valverde closed out the game as only he can. After getting Nick Swisher to pop out, Valverde walked Jorge Posada, got Russell Martin to pop out, and walked Brett Gardner before getting Derek Jeter to strike out to end the game.
On the Yankees side, it was another former Hen and Tiger, Curtis Granderson, who drove in the games first run. After a Jeter single to open the game, Granderson sent a shot to left-center field, good enough for a triple. That would be his only hit of the game.
43,581 fans were on hand, a sellout and a postseason record for Comerica Park.
Detroit defeated New York in four games in the 2006 ALDS, en route to the World Series. They'll look to to the same on Tuesday night.
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