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UPDATE: Tigers up 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth — Sabathia knocked out of the game

Oct 18, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

CC Sabathia

UPDATE: Make it 6-0. Delmon Young singled and Johnny Peralta homered. Then Andy Dirks doubled and Joe Girardi came and got Sabathia.  There are still many innings to play here, but, it looks the Tigers are World Series bound.

5:41 PM: Make it 4-0: Miguel Cabrera just hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth.

5:33 PM: Like so many games this series a small lead in terms of runs feels like a bigger lead in terms of momentum.  The Tigers are up 2-0 after three and a half innings, but the vibe of the game has them up by half a dozen.

Detroit scored their runs via a Delmon Young single in the first and a rally — if you can call one run a rally — in the third that could have easily led to more runs.

Prince Fielder singled, Delmon Young walked — like, he really walked — and then with two outs the Yankees put on the clownshoes: Mark Teixeira made a rather theatrical looking error on a bounding ball which loaded the bases for Andy Dirks. Dirks hit a chopper up the middle which CC Sabathia just missed. Eduardo Nunez fielded it deep behind the second base bag, but was twisting as he fielded it and ended up firing the throw into the dirt.  He was lucky it didn’t get past Teixeira at first. Fielder scored.

We’re now in the top of the fourth. CC Sabathia has already thrown 73 pitches and doesn’t look like he has his best stuff at all.  Max Scherzer, in contrast, has seven strikeouts while facing 14 batters through four innings of work.  And not a one of them was A-Rod.

It’s not dark yet for the Yankees. But it’s getting there.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Do not blame Arod for this. Tex has come up very small.

    • j0esixpack - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Down 3 games to none, down 6-0 in the 5th working on a no hitter

      The Yankees have Detroit RIGHT where they want them…. All part of their master plan

      The only question is why they bothered keeping a guy earning $25 million a year for the next five years on the active playoff roster

    • uscthom78 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Like aroid, tex is small in more than one way. Canseco training methods eventually backfire.

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    This is freaking beautiful!

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    The most annoying series ever. It would be one thing if the Tigers were actually beating up on the Yankees, but getting lucky bounces, stupid errors from the Yankees and other nonsense is just infuriating. As are 7 Ks for Scherzer in 4 innings, using the exact same game plan as Verlander. Do the Yankees hitters remember how to come up with a plan at the plate?

    • weaselpuppy - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      annnnd Miggy and Jhonny send you a huge bag of STFU

      • weaselpuppy - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        and Austin Jackson joins the band….

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      I would be annoyed too if my team couldn’t score any runs. Especially with the salary! I hate to mention this but Detroit has beat New York the last 3 times (pending a win today) they have seen them in the playoffs… YANKEE KILLERS!! Lets go DETROIT!

    • captn58crunch - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Excuses, pal. Forget any lucky bounces, etc. Were the two HRs in the 4th lucky? Yankee fans seem to have more excuses than any other.
      What a supreme embarrassment if they get no-hit! Hitless thru 5 !!!!

      • chill1184 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        The excuse train is already starting to prep. Onley reports that CC has been having elbow issues throughout the second half.

      • captn58crunch - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        Elbow issues? Really? They certainly covered that up well if it is true.
        CC really needs to lose some weight in the offseason. If he does have arm problems, it point to his weight.

  4. chill1184 - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I want to say this is delicious but there are still five more innings left.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Go ahead and say it!

      • chill1184 - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        This is delicious, I crave more runs!

    • historiophiliac - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      I was freaking silent screaming in my cubicle!

  5. El Bravo - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Miggy HR. Also, the thing that need not be mentioned is still ongoing. Go SCHNERZZZZZ!!!!

    • Dave Fouchey - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      And another 2 run homer by Peralta

    • captn58crunch - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Hey, I won’t say it, but somebody else can! Maybe Yankee fan?

  6. proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    MVP! MVP! MVP!

  7. xjokerz - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETROIT

  8. Jeremy T - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    And now I’m sad…

    It’s obviously not over yet, but for there to be any kind of a turnaround at this point would require the absolute greatest comeback of all time, without any hint of hyperbole. The Yankees have played terribly (actually their pitching’s been mostly fine, but baseball has two halves…), and don’t deserve to move on. Congrats to the Tigers and their fans. They had their fair share of flaws throughout the season, and if the Yankees had to lose I would’ve preferred a loss to the Orioles or Athletics just for the sake of the story. Still, the Tigers have absolutely earned this one. Good luck to them in the World Series.

    • captn58crunch - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      That is classy, JeremyT.

      • Jeremy T - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        Thanks, I try. I figure somebody has to try and cancel out the stereotypical Yankee fan ;)

  9. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    “The most annoying series ever. It would be one thing if the Tigers were actually beating up on the Yankees, but getting lucky bounces, stupid errors from the Yankees and other nonsense is just infuriating.”

    mmmmm…. if i could i would buy a fifth of your tears, yankee fan.

  10. husky2score - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    LOL Yankees!

  11. Jeremy T - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Also, if Scherzer wants to go the distance, he’s going to have to stop striking everybody out. Of course, then he wouldn’t be Scherzer anymore (and also he probably wouldn’t be facing this sham of an offense known as the Yankees). I’d be interested to see how far Leyland lets him go before worrying about his arm and turning it over to the bullpen.

    • captn58crunch - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      Are you kidding? If he is still pitching (we won’t say it)…he’ll let him go all the way unless his pitch count gets up to Verlander’s in Game 3.

      • Jeremy T - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        He’s thrown 84 pitches in 5 innings. That’s a pace for more than 150 pitches.

  12. pisano - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Thank God this is just about over. The Yankees had better do something in the off season, and the first few things is get rid of Arod somehow, and don’t even think about bringing Swisher back, and I don’t know what the hell their going to do about Granderson” strikeouts, it’s gotten laughable.

    • dtownbeatdown - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      We will gladly take Granderson off your hands, what I find laughable is how many excuses Yankee fans make. Overpaid players+unappreciative fans=Yankees. WOOO! I feel so warm and fuzzy inside… Lets go DEEEEETROIT!

      • frank433 - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        Why would the Tigers take back Granderson? Jackson is the better player.

      • dtownbeatdown - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Frank when did I say get rid of Jackson? Never… And I wouldn’t really say Austin is better in all aspects. I would put Granderson in left field and bat him second in the lineup… Jackson, Granderson, Cabrera, Fielder, and Victor… Who are you going to pitch around then? And I was saying it jokingly I don’t expect to get Granderson.

    • captn58crunch - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      There is much work to do. They have suddenly become an old ball club and that is not good. I like this Cody Eppley. Has good stuff.

    • Jeremy T - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      You can’t just get rid of everybody…

      I’m sure if they can find some way to unload A-Rod’s salary, they will. But it’s not like there are great replacements for these guys just sitting around in a cellar somewhere. All of the Yankees best prospects are too far away to be of any use in the next couple of years (outside of a trade, I suppose), and the few options that are on the free agent market this year aren’t much better than the guys already on the roster. Cashman’s a smart guy, so he’ll probably come up with something (he’s already shocked me a few times this year, starting with Pineda, followed by getting some value for Burnett, and then managing to somehow snag Ichiro), but I’m having a hard time seeing what options are available.

      But hey, let’s not flood this thread with Yankees talk. I’m sure the Tigers fans want to gloat, or revel in our misery, or something.

  13. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    good job, yankees! good effort!

  14. thebadguyswon - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Nice job, Fatty!!

  15. weaselpuppy - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    I believe that the French Flag is no longer the international symbol for ‘We Surrender”, Derek Lowe is.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      I don’t know wtf happened because it used to be Phil Coke.

  16. Dave Fouchey - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Detroit found their Offense.. now 8-1. 8th. :)

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