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Tigers take 1-0 lead in seventh inning of ALCS Game 2

Oct 14, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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Hiroki Kuroda carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and has fanned nine Tigers batters without issuing a walk through his first seven frames. But the Yankees currently trail in this ALCS Game 2.

Quintin Berry opened the top of the seventh inning with a ground-rule double to center field then scored from third base a couple batters later when Delmon Young hit into a fielder’s choice. Yankees shortstop Jayson Nix made a clean play on Young’s grounder, but second baseman Robinson Cano had trouble with the exchange and wasn’t able to turn two.

Cano is also in an 0-for-25 slump at the plate. According to the researchers at ESPN’s Stats & Info, that’s the longest hitless streak in a single postseason in the history of Major League Baseball.

The Yanks will hope for more late life from their offense. Detroit leads 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh.

  1. dondada10 - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    “Cano is also in an 0-for-25 slump at the plate. According to the researchers at ESPN’s Stats & Info, that’s the longest hitless streak in a single postseason in the history of Major League Baseball.”

    You mean A-Rod, right?

    /end sarcasm

  2. pisano - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Without Jeter, and with Cano not being able to hit his ass with both hands, this is going to be a real short series. I’ve never seen a Yankee team so inept at getting a hit let alone heaven forbid score a run. It seems they’ve all gone into a slump at the same time except for Ibanez, but on the bright side they’ll be major changes in the off season.

    • dondada10 - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      In fairness, Pisano, Fister/Sanchez/Verlander/Scherzer is really solid.

    • greymares - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      what changes, this isn’t George’s Yankees anymore. hell you can,t even sell out playoff games.

  3. historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I can’t see the replay online, but I think Infante was out. If the games were crazier and bad calls were seriously screwing the series, this would be very bad.

    • dondada10 - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Infante was clearly out. He didn’t touch the bag until Cano let him.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        Thanks. That’s how it looked from the video angle I was watching — but the online video (like all of official MLB productions) are replay free. lol

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        He was clearly out. The Yankees should have lost by 1 to 0 rather than 3 to 0.

  4. jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    He was out, not close. But still, you get shut out by A Sanchez & you don’t deserve it.

    • Kevin S. - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Bull. You deserve a competently called game. You deserve to get into the bullpen down only one run instead of three after you’ve worked the starter out. The score is Tigers 1, Yankees 0, Jeff Nelson 2.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        ha ha Nelson is winning. It’ll go to his head.

      • greymares - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        not a fan of bad calls, but any call good or bad that causes Yankee fans angst is ok with me.

      • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        1-0, 3-0, what’s the difference? Bad calls are an easy target but you have to hit to win. 4 hits – 3 singles, really? There isn’t a player on the Yankees that is going to even infer that the crappy call had anything to do with this loss. Maybe they’ll break out against Verlander.

  5. shockgee - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Oh no, is thumb sucking Girardi gonna protest this game too!!! Crybaby. Yankees have had plenty of blown calls go their way too. All’s fair.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      Ok, name two in this series that have affected the outcome of the game?

  6. annaalamode - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    I like the human element more when it doesn’t involve easily correctible human error.

  7. kiopta1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Bad call but yanks still need to score and are now down by 3 in the 8th.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Of course, but with this inept offense, a 1-0 game is world’s different than a 3-0 game. According to THT, in the lowest possible run scoring environment, here’s the Win Probability of the two situations:

      1-0, bottom 8th, 0 outs – 22.9%
      3-0, bottom 8th, 0 outs – 4.8%

      5x more likely to win with a 1-0 score than a 3-0 score. Well done umpires.

      http://www.hardballtimes.com/thtstats/other/wpa_inquirer.php?view=compare&runs1=3&runs2=3&base1=8&base2=8&inning1=16&inning2=16&outs1=0&outs2=0&score1=-1&score2=-3

      • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        Ok, but seriously, with 1-0 game Tigers still have greater than 75% chance of winning by those numbers. It isn’t like it becomes super competitive with a one run game this late. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen but a less than 25% chance isn’t much to build your argument on. The odds are still strongly against you.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        You’re missing the point, it’s not the 75% chance of winning that’s huge, it’s that it’s an 80% reduction from 1-0 to 3-0. And those are context neutral stats, which means it’s probably even worse with a team that, outside of Ichiro and Ibanez, couldn’t hit sand if they fell off a camel.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        Don’t be obtuse. So you’re chance at Valhalla is 20% instead of 5%. Odds are, you’re still going to hell.

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

        Odds are you still suck. All that money and couldn’t even get one run. No excuse.

  8. thenoblefacehumper - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Absolute bulls***. Cost us yesterday too: http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/10/13/robinson-cano-appears-safe-on-replay-alcs-yankees/1631965/

    But the human element is alive and well! Yay!

    • greymares - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      nothing more enjoyable than a crying Yankee fan. lol.

  9. Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Majorly blown call on Infante, but given the opportunity the Tiggers are capitalizing on it and the Borg is showing no signs of organic life. Cano just extended his schneid to 26 straight at bats. Meanwhile, watching the Fat Prince and Avila converging at moderately high speed for a popup near the dugout was like watching an outtake from When Worlds Collide.

  10. hearme82 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Sorry guys. But do you remember the 3 run homer that clipped the poll by the baltimore orioles? wht goes around comes around. I’m sick of the bickering to b honest with you. lets get instant replay so all will be happy with bad calls. it was in both instances a very bad call.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      You mean the ball that never hit the pole. Or do you have some proof that no one has been able to establish?

  11. hearme82 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    i mean the ball that TBS showed proof of it hitting the pole. now go bicker with TBS

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      TBS never showed proof of it hitting the pole. In fact, the blimp camera showed it was a lot farther away than people thought. But yeah, it’s definitely a liberal conspiracy to sabotage a team from new england.

      think it’s time to tweak the tinfoil hat a bit…

      • hearme82 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        your 2 funny to be acknowledged. The ball was shown to have clipped the poll. i suspect there are those that didn.t want to see it. anyway have a good one and good luck. as i said instant replay. Joe just backed me up on that. hes a smart man.

  12. hearme82 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Maybe Hugo Chevaz stuffed some money in a liberal umps hand. who knows?

  13. hearme82 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    285 homers during the season. and what do you crybabies get now? nothing!

  14. dtownbeatdown - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Wow, a lot of crying coming from fans with a team with the largest salaried team in baseball. Yes infante was out… But you didn’t score one run. Not a one… So that blown call was not a factor, still would of won 1-0. Get over it, can’t wait for Verlander to mow the yanks down.

  15. wildcatwilly - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Not sure what the Yankees are really complaining about you’ve had more than enough chances to make up for the questionable calls. Out of the 21 innings the Yankees have only scored in 1 of them the tigers have created enough offense and played good enough defense for the series to be 2-0.

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