Tigers leave the Yankees on base

The Tigers edged the Yankees 3-2 last night to win the ALDS, 3-2. After Don Kelly and Delmon Young hit back-to-back homers in the 1st inning off of Yankee starter Ivan Nova, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde held the Yankees to two runs despite numerous NY opportunities.

The deciding run came in the 5th off of CC Sabathia making his first ever relief appearance, but otherwise the Yankee bullpen was brilliant starting in the 3rd after Nova left with forearm tightness.

It was a frustrating night for the 50,960 fans, the largest crowd ever in new Yankee Stadium, as New York went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and 0 for 4 with the bases loaded. The Yankees stranded 11 runners. Robinson Cano, hit a 5th inning solo homer and Mark Teixeira walked with the bases loaded in the 7th for the two Yankee runs. Cano had nine RBI in the series.

The three touted AL East teams have now started their offseason.

Here’s your Nine to Know:

  1. The Yankees were eliminated in the postseason with a one-run loss at home for the first time since the 1926 World Series against St. Louis.
  2. Detroit won an all-or-nothing postseason game for the first time since beating the Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series.
  3. Delmon Young, became the first Tigers player with three homers in a single postseason series. He left the game in the 7th with a mild left oblique strain.
  4. The accounting firm of Kelly & Young produced the first back-to-back postseason shots in Tigers history.
  5. Alex Rodriguez was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and hit .118 in the series (2 for 18). Mark Teixeira hit .167 (3 for 18).
  6. Detroit is heading to the ALCS for the first time since 2006, the year they also eliminated the Yankees in the first round.
  7. The Tigers won their three games by a total of four runs. The Yankees outscored the Tigers by 11 runs in the series. No team had been outscored that much and won since the Division Series round was added in 1995.
  8. The Tigers have not lost consecutive games since Aug. 28-29.
  9. New York has not won the final game of a series pushed to the maximum since rallying past the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

Game 1 of the ALC is Saturday night: Detroit at Texas, Justin Verlander vs. C.J. Wilson