Tigers finally roar in ALCS!
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:43:53 GMT —
Well, it looks like we have a series on our hands.
The Detroit Tigers used lead-off home runs from Victory Martinez in the fourth inning, Jhonny Peralta in the sixth and Miguel Cabrera in the seventh to help pull within in one game of the Rangers in the ALCS.
After a shaky first inning, Doug Fister was at the top of his game going 7 and 1/3 innings and allowing only two runs.
"He was unbelievable," Tigers third baseman/outfielder Don Kelly said. "They put one up in the first inning and the way [he] bounced back and held them down until we could get some runs and put a lead up...he was unbelievable."
The Tigers also received solid production from right fielder Andy Dirks. Dirks, who's no stranger to Toledoans after spending parts of the last two seasons with the Mud Hens, was 1-3 with a stolen base and run scored. His lone hit was the first of his postseason career.
"You work your whole life to try to get and opportunity to play in this postseason...a lot of guys don't get a chance and I got that hit, it felt good and, you know, keep it rolling," Dirks said.
Speaking of Mud Hens, the Tigers were going up against a former member in Game 3. Colby Lewis was part of the 2006 Governor's Cup Champions alongside current Tigers Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago and Don Kelly. Lewis went 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs. Kelly saw a very different Lewis than the one he spent time with five years ago.
"He's a completely different pitcher now. He's got some life on his fastball, throws that cutter, throws everything for a strike, he's a very smart pitchers and...I thought he did a pretty good job tonight."
In addition to his seventh inning home run, Cabrera also had an RBI double in the fifth that scored Austin Jackson. Jackson had a solid night going 3-5 with the one run scored.
But the night wasn't without it's scares for the Tigers. During Martinez's home run swing, he injured his rib cage and jogged gingerly around the basepads. Martinez remained in the game and received treatments during and after the contest.
"We don't need another one...believe me we don't need another one," said Martinez when asked about the clubs recent bad luck with injuries that has caused Magglio Ordonez to miss the rest of the postseason and Delmon Young to miss Game 3.
Martinez and Peralta may have not been on the Tigers 2006 World Series team but they're no strangers to the ALCS. In 2007 they were part of the Cleveland Indians team that blew a 3-1 series lead to the Boston Red Sox. Now, they're on a team trying to climb out of a two game hole.
The next two games in the series will have earlier start times. First pitch for both games is thrown at 4:19 p.m. Rick Porcello gets the start for Detroit in Game 4. Texas will counter with Matt Harrison
Visit Yahoo! Sports for more recap from Game 3, plus a complete box score.
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