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Anibal Sanchez dominates, Yankees sleepwalk through loss to Tigers in Game 2 of ALCS

Oct 14, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez yielded just three hits over seven shutout innings and third baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Tigers rolled to a far-too-easy 3-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday evening in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Yankees fans might choose to pout about a blown call at second in the Tigers’ two-run eighth inning and an inconsistent strike zone throughout, but it’s the New York bats that deserve most of the blame.

Robinson Cano finished 0-for-4 and has now gone without a hit in 26 straight at-bats. That’s an all-time postseason record. Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4 and struck out twice. Jayson Nix, the Yankees’ shortstop-by-default in the wake of Derek Jeter‘s season-ending ankle fracture, wound up 0-for-3.

The Tigers will bring a 2-0 series lead back to Comerica Park with Justin Verlander going Tuesday night in Game 3. We’d be foolish to bury a team too early in a seven-game postseason series, but it’s not looking good right now for the Yanks. And staff ace CC Sabathia isn’t slated to take the mound until Game 4.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    So what you’re saying is that A-Rod is now one of the hotter hitters in the Yankees line-up?

    And now it’s time for Scherzer and Verlander. Uh oh.

  2. thenoblefacehumper - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Not saying either outcome would’ve been different, but 2 blown calls in 2 days that took runs from us and gave runs to them is just not acceptable. Having said that ,the Yankee hitters have looked down right anemic for the whole postseason (Yes, even most of the Baltimore series) and it’s insanely frustrating to watch them right now. Especially given the great pitching we’re getting.

    • thenoblefacehumper - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      Who are all the thumbs down from? People who think bad calls are awesome, or people who think the Yankee offense has been awesome?

      • mjames1229 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        “that took runs from us and gave runs to them”

        Everybody west of the NJ/Pennsylvania state line HATES the Yankees, therefore your allegiance to them nets the thumbs down.

      • albertmn - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        thumbs down are just from people that will be happy when the Yankees get knocked out, regardless of the reason. Plus, with all the advantages the Yankees have, when their fans start whining about bad calls, it grates on a person twice as bad as any other fan whining.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        mjames1229 – Given the number of Yankee jerseys I see in those ballparks out west when the Yankees pay them a visit, I have to say your assessment is incorrect.

  3. sdelmonte - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I normally tend to feel good about Yankee loses as a devoted Yankee Hater. But this is not fun. It’s even a bit sad, to see a team that should be competitive in a coma like this. Never mind that you just don’t want to see Jeter out. Never mind that Girardi’s head and heart are all over the place with his dad’s death. It’s all sort of a letdown after the first round.

    At the same time, a tip of the hat to the great pitching Detroit has brought to the table (minus Valverde). And Verlander is yet to come.

    • byjiminy - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Really? Huh. Cause I’m loving it!

      Not referring to Girardi’s father — I didn’t even know about that. But the stumbling collapse is really nice. I can’t quite enjoy it because they’re a sleeping giant — look what happened to the O’s. But I revel in their patheticness, and if the Tigers pull it off, it will feel great.

      And as someone said above, the bad calls are great too. I love to hear them pouting and making excuses. Losers always do. They never have to because they always have one more pinch hitter on the bench than the other team, and it catches up. Not this time.

      Also I’ve seen so many Yankee calls that I don’t even mind some unfair ones going against them for a change. Plenty still go their way.

  4. phipfwe76 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Maybe there is a baseball god after all….

  5. proudlycanadian - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    The Yankees look as if father time has caught up to them. At least, Arod got a hit late in the game.

    • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      Swisher/Granderson/Cano are not old and their best hitters have been two of the oldest guys.

      It’s not age, just a horrific slump.

      • weaselpuppy - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        hope the Yankees enjoy those 5 more years on that ARoid contract….

  6. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    I like the Tigers odds in game 3 with JV!

  7. gr3710 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    empty seats and no passion. don’t think Detroit will be so quiet!

    • sdelmonte - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      The empty seats are a surprise. Though at the end of the day, this is as much about the high prices as the air going out of the balloon.

  8. RBIs Win Games - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Other than Valverde’s meltdown, the Yanks with NO (ZERO) runs in two games? Bad call or no bad that ain’t the way to win games.

  9. weaselpuppy - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    You would think with the payroll being the GDP of Sweden that the Bankees could buy some pride, some resilience and some class. Girardi is a whiny baby in his presser? Yah, I’d do that too instead of focus on how your lineup all decided to wear their frilly panties and push up bras. Maybe it has to do with them not being able to hammer the craptastic non Rays pitching they saw in the AL East all year….blame your hitting coach….blame your gutlessness….did the ump kick that call? Yup. Tigers nobody gets a perfect game robbed from him and he goes out and shakes hands with the ump at the lineup card exchange the next day. Grow up babies….and sack up too. Well, likely not against Verlander….but maybe you can show your resolve in ST next year.

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Comparing one blown call in the regular season to repeated blown calls in the ALCS is laughable.

      That said, had there been instant replay for safe/out calls on the bases all the calls in question would have been corrected.

      • gallyhatch - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:33 PM

        Had there been instant replay for safe/out calls the Yankees would have lost 1-0 instead of 3-0.

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      Maybe. The team looks awful at the plate, so it’s a decent possibility.

      What we know for sure, however, is that had Cano not been incorrectly called out at first last night, the Yankees would have gone up 1-0 with the bases loaded with two outs instead of the inning ending with no score.

      • johnclodge - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        You can’t chew yesterday’s breakfast.

      • gallyhatch - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:02 AM

        Something else we know for sure is that the Yankees are batting .205 in the playoffs. Take care of business and you don’t have to worry about a bad call here or there.

  10. daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    The Yankees haven’t been hitting all postseason, but when their batters are facing an inconsistent – even ridiculous in some cases – strike zone, it sure doesn’t make things any easier.

    And that makes two blown calls on the bases now that have led to either ending the Yankee half of the inning (and erasing a run that should have counted) or extending an inning for Detroit. Of course, just like when he managed the Yankees, Joe Torre will snooze through this latest debacle taking place under his watch.

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Please guy that strike zone was 6 inches by 6 inches for fister last night. The strike zone is very off but consistent on both sides. Yes infante was way out, but yanks didn’t score one run! Stop crying about your over paid team.

      • daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        No one is crying, Mr. Shitty Grammar. I’d just like to see MLB take the big step into the 1980’s and bring in instant replay for more than just home run calls.

        I’d also like for a machine to call the strike zone, but I accept that’s not happening anytime soon.

      • dtownbeatdown - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Oh yea because grammar is capitalized now. And because I want to fight about being literal and politically correct on a sports blog. Douche bag.

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      You’re mad.

      • dtownbeatdown - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        Seems like you are a little butt hurt about it.

      • daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        No, I really don’t care about your poor spelling and grammar.

  11. gugurich - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    It’s strange to see the Yankees on the wrong end of so many bad calls. Minnesota and Joe Mauer must be wondering where these calls were in 2009.

  12. jeremysgordon - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Very odd to see the 7th best team in the AL, be the favorite to go to the World Series…

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      Very odd to see a team with the highest salary not be able to score a run. What isn’t odd is a Yankee fan crying.

  13. otissistrunk - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    You know what i love above all that is happening to the Yanks? That it is grinding the “yankee” announcers for TBS so damn bad. Get off the Yankees d***s TBS…it’s embarrasing how bad they want the Yanks to win

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      Yeah! They even had that bigtime Yankee fan, Cal Ripken, in the booth for the Orioles/Yankees series!

  14. xjokerz - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Tigers up 2-0 and coming home.. with 2 more games from JV?… world series baby here we come
    Go Tigs

  15. prosourcetalk - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    The Yankees suck & their fans are a bunch of tools

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Wow, you are deep. Thanks for sharing the wisdom, Bro

  16. normcash - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    If it makes them feel better, Yankee fans can piss and moan all they want about the umps.
    The reason they’re down 2-0 in the series is that Tiger pitchers (other than you-know-who)
    have schooled Yankee hitters. And it’s no more complicated than that….

  17. choppa2lis - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    99% of “tiger” fans dont live anywhere near the detroit city limits. they are all bandwagoning clowns who live 300 miles away in western michigan , and try so hard to actually claim detroit. pretty funny stuff. people in southern ohio live closer to detroit than these western michigan bandwagoners, i guess they can claim detroit too LOL

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      “you ain’t even seen a mile road south of 10”

    • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      This is easily the dumbest thing I’ve read today. On that note, good night and good luck.

    • normcash - Oct 15, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      This is a really stupid remark! The Tigers are Michigan’s team and always have been. And since
      50% of Michiganders live in Metro Detroit, it’s mathematically impossible for 99% of Tiger fans to live in western Michigan. You’re dumb enough to work on Romney’s economic team….

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Very intelligent comment… Because Yankees don’t have fans that live out of the state of New York you jerk off. I live 13 mins from the stadium, never once have I heard of someone having to live close to the stadium to be a fan of a sports team. News to me. The Detroit Tigers are Michigan’s baseball team. Yankee fans are the biggest bandwagon fans there are, did you not notice the empty seats by the 7th inning?!

    • hgfrombc2 - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      So, 99% of Tiger fans live on the western shore of Lake Michigan just north of Chigago?
      Ever look at a map you a$$-hat!?

  18. richwizl - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    It’s in fathomable to me how a lineup like NY’s has all gone cold at the same time. They didn’t hit much vs BALT and can’t hit at all vs DET. I don’t see any phenomenal pitching taking place; their big guns are missing pitches that are fat in the zone; it’s really shocking, given they’re The Bombers. The Yankees appear to be dead but, given Detroit’s weak bullpen, I don’t think either team could handle STL or SF in the WS.

  19. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I am all for the extra wildcard team, but are we really going to watch the 5th best team in each league square off in the World Series this year? There is a first time for everything I suppose…

    • Steve A - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      The Tigers weren’t the wild card team. Plus, the 83 win 2006 Cardinals were also division winners. It’s a tournament.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Tigers were not the wild card, but they are the 5th best team in the AL playoffs (by regular season record). Considering they amassed that record against the likes of the Twins, Royals, Indians and White Sox, color me even more unimpressed.

    • foreverchipper10 - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Well if the Tigers are the 5th best team (by record) and the Yankees are the best (by record) how come Detroit won the first two games in New York? Hmm….must be a conspiracy. Sigh.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:45 PM

        Just the Yankees playing like crap, or at least hitting like crap, just like Washington (best team in the NL) hit like crap and got bounced. I certainly would not count the Yankees out yet, but they have looked bad so far.

        Detroit played like crap for the first few months of the season and turned it on at the right time. Honestly, they have not been hitting too well either, so if the Yankee bats come alive this could be a series. Without umpire assistance and Swisher miscues, they would have scored one run in this series so far.

  20. samurai3939 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Yankee haters out in full regalia after a loss. The jealousy of the best franchise in sports always brings a smile to my face. The failed logic is the best. We get all the calls, when we don’t. We are old and decrepit, but still made the alcs. The yanks will in the playoffs next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. Will your team be?


    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Yes the Yankee’s will be in the playoffs next year… as they should be with that large of a salary. You just better hope the Tigers are not your competition, because if I remember correctly the last two times we played you in the playoffs we beat your ass. And now we are going to make it a third time in a row. WOOOOO! Detroit Tigers=Yankee Killers.

    • hgfrombc2 - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      “Will your team be?” Will your team be what?
      It’s just plain sad when you have to live in the past to feel good about yourself.
      Wake up! This is a world of “what have you done for me lately”.

  21. samurai3939 - Oct 15, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Live in the past? 2009 was a loooooong time ago.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      Not as long as 1984 Tigers fans

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