What a difference a day makes. Comerica Park and the city of Detroit were buzzing with excitement after the Tigers thrilling 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night. On Tuesday night you could hear a pin drop by the time the 9th inning rolled around.
Powered by a six run 8th inning and two spectacular catches from former Tiger Curtis Granderson in centerfield, the Yankees sent the series back to New York for a decisive Game 5, with a 10-1 victory.
After a scoreless top of the 1st, Yankees starter A.J. Burnett found himself in trouble with two outs and the bases loaded and Don Kelly at the plate. The former Hen ripped one to center which looked like it would fall for an extra base hit, but Granderson leaped in the air, snagginng it out of the sky and ending the threat.
"Curtis is a great player. I got to play with him up through the minor leagues and in the big leagues and he's...done that his whole career so I mean he...made two great plays out there and you can't take that away from him," said Kelly.
"Don Kelly came up to me...and [he] goes 'how'd you do it?' I go 'you actually hit that hard, so you're the one that made that it happen.' If he didn't hit it that hard it would've fell in and been a base hit," said Granderson, who also had an RBI double in the 5th.
In the sixth, trailing 4-1 with a runner on and two outs, Jhonny Peralta hit one to the gap in left center. Once again Granderson was there, this time making an even tougher grab. Outstretched and sliding across the outfield, he appeared to injure himself but revealed later that he only got the wind knocked out of him and he hit his head.
"Those were game changing plays he made out there," said Brandon Inge.
Detroit was within three runs until the disastrous 8th rolled around. Four pitchers would take the mound, six runs would cross homeplate, and over a half hour would pass before the Tiger defense finally left the field.
So its back to New York with the winner taking on the Texas Rangers who, earlier in the day, knocked out the wild card Tampa Bay Rays. Doug Fister will get the start for Detroit and, so far, he's not feeling the pressure of Game 5.
"Just like any other five day start...I've got five days to think about another team...all the hitters in there...but it'll be okay," said Fister.
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