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Tigers break out the lumber in the sixth inning, take 5-0 lead in ALCS Game 2

Oct 13, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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Through the first 14 innings, the ALCS had been a pitcher-dominated affair. Anibal Sanchez and the Tiger bullpen held the Red Sox hitless through eight and two-thirds innings in Game 1 and Scherzer has held the Sox hitless through five in Game 2. To their credit, the Sox pitching has been nearly as good — that is, until the top of the sixth inning.

With one out, facing starter Clay Buchholz with a narrow 1-0 lead, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera launched a solo home run over the Green Monster in left field for what was, at the time, an insurance run. Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez followed up with back-to-back doubles, the latter scoring the former. Later in the inning, with two outs, Alex Avila laced a 91 MPH Buchholz fastball well over the fence in right field for a two-run homer, putting the Tigers up 5-0.

Omar Infante then lined a single to left-center, ending Buchholz’s night. Red Sox manager John Farrell called on Brandon Workman to see them through the end of the sixth. After walking Don Kelly, Workman got Austin Jackson to ground out to, at long last, end the inning.

Oh, and about that no-hitter Scherzer has going? He has nine strikeouts to go along with it. Red Sox batters have swung and missed at 15 of his 76 pitches thus far. This could get interesting.

  1. xjokerz - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    History will be made.

    by my Detroit Tigers.

  2. emdash01 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Gotta question Farrell’s bullpen management here – in a game where his hitters were struggling to even make contact, not even having someone warming up after Fielder’ s double was very strange.

    Of course, if the team can’t score runs it won’t really matter.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    It appeared, in the replay of Avila’s HR, as if a woman snared the ball in the scramble, held it up, and then a guy grabbed it away from her and threw it onto the field. If he didn’t have her OK to throw it back, I don’t care what your goofy local tradition is, that would be just plain rude.

    • Bill Baer - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM


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