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Raul Ibanez comes through again, Yanks and Tigers are tied

Oct 13, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

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Raul Ibanez is, quite clearly, some kinda sorcerer.

The 40-year-old magic man just swatted a game-tying two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning, pushing this ALCS Game 1 against the Tigers into extra innings. The Yankees were down four runs when the frame began but had little trouble tracking Jose Valverde‘s lifeless deliveries and charged back to keep hope alive. Ichiro Suzuki got the scoring started, also contributing a two-run blast.

Ibanez, who played the hero with two clutch bombs in last week’s ALDS Game 3 defeat of the Orioles, is now 6-for-13 (.462) this postseason.

He batted just .240 with a .308 on-base percentage in 425 plate appearances this summer.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    • theawesomersfranchise - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM


  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Valverde vs Ibanez

  3. nflfollower - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Or valverde falls through again. I guess it depends on your perspective. If leyland trots him out there in the 9th with a lead yet again, he may lose the clubhouse. Everybody knows valverde doesn’t have it right now, and he hasn’t all year.

  4. zidanevalor - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Lord Voldemort does it again!

  5. polegojim - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    MALverde strikes again. Keep him off the freaking mound… period.

  6. dondada10 - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Ron Darling called it when it was 4-2. He said Ibanez was gonna come up and tie it.

  7. historiophiliac - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Oh, please. That was not Yankee greatness. Valverde was throwing shit A-Fraud could hit.

  8. fusionix7 - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    This is why the people in Detroit want Leyland gone. You gave Valverde a chance and he blew it when he gave up the 2-run shot to Ichiro. Anybody with common sense takes him out right then. Not Leyland.

  9. hungryjack1 - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Ibanez, not Mr. October, but Sir October

  10. ireportyoudecide - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Really enjoying the human element of the strike zone tonight. What a shame it would be to have a computer call balls and strikes and get 100% of the calls correct.

    Human element, clap clap clap
    Human element, clap clap clap

    • schlom - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      I definitely want to see the pitch plots for the game tomorrow – it certainly seemed like the Yankee pitchers (especially Pettitte) were getting calls that Fister and the Tigers were not getting.

      • polegojim - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        That’s VERY true…. the low strikes especially.

  11. aceshigh11 - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    God damn this Ibanez guy.

    Don’t get me wrong…I love good baseball, and it’s amazing what Raul is doing, but as a confirmed Yankees-hater who, yes, IS bitter…

    No. Just…no.

    • bigharold - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      I’m a Yankee fan and I post this Spring that, based on him not hitting AT ALL is ST, that he’d be DFA’d by the All Star Break. How do you think I feel?

      I guess I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

        What Raul is doing this postseason is simply inhuman.

        I wish it were for a team other than the Yankees, but good luck always seems to shine down on them. So…god bless.

  12. jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Testy crowd tonight

    • monkeyjuice313 - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Shut up! haha, jk

  13. otissistrunk - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Is tbs the official yankee network? Ron Darling has to be official pivot man in the ny locker room

    • sparky1002 - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Spare me….Ripken and Smoltz only ran their mouths when they had something nice to say about the Tigers, which was by far most of the time..check out the replays for verification…wait…nevermind…. you don`t possess enough objectivity to learn the truth regardless of how many times you view it. Darling at best was the only neutral character announcing. Vote Romney…you deserve each other. One can lie and the other can swear to it.

  14. prosourcetalk - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Unbelievable. No way Leyland can go back to Valverde the rest of the series.

  15. schlom - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    That was one of the worst pitches I’ve ever seen, a hanging 85mph splitter right down the middle? Of course other than Ibanez who on the Yankees would have hit that out? Maybe Jeter and Teixeira?

    I wish I knew how to post the picture of it.

  16. jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Lol, Fister threw blanks so balls & strikes didn’t hurt the Tigers.

  17. nflfollower - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Sounds like a funeral in the TBS booth when the tigers score in the 12th

    • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

      Last night Yankee fans were bitching about how TBS hated the Yankees. They must flip a coin before the broadcasts.

  18. prosourcetalk - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Looks like Jeter just tore his ACL

  19. willclarkgameface - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    TBS hates the Yankees? Are you kidding?

    The entire night was very low key when the Tigers had the upper hand and the lead, but when things got very exciting for the Yankees it was FIREWORKS.

    Ernie Johnson is a schmuck and I wish TBS would just vanish the airwaves minus their endless reruns of “Friends”.

    And as far as Ibanez goes – can we get the piss test going yet? And how about evaluating the walls in that ball park being too close (I mean you too Ichiro).

    Sweep the leg Tigers. Sweep the leg.

    • badintent - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:18 AM

      Lets get a piss test going for you.Yankee ballpark Power alleys are 384 and 399. Ernie Johnson makes Charles look like the moron he is.TBS is about ratings ! Like All TV networks. Guess you never learned that in the 6th grade when you dropped out of school in West Virgina, and went back to work in the coal mines. Your coz played a great banjo in the movie “Deliverence”

  20. djm426 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    That ballpark is weak! Ibanez is smoke in mirrors,watched him k for for three years in Philly. As much as I can’t stand Yankees its a shame for jeter, he’s a class act n good for baseball like utley,doc n cliff lee

  21. charlutes - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    hitters are streaky. ibanez is hot right now. save the hyperbole.

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