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Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:32 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 1:39 am
 


By Evan Brunell


DETROIT -- The Rangers rode a four-run 11th inning to victory, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead in the ALCS against the Tigers.

Hero: The Napoli man can. Mike Napoli strode to the plate with runners on first and second in the 11th inning in a tie ballgame. For some reason, skipper Jim Leyland thought it would be a good idea to intentionally walk the 0-for-4 Adrian Beltre in front of Napoli to set up a force, after Josh Hamilton (pictured) doubled to begin the inning. After the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, "You're just trying to set up a double play. I didn't want Beltre and Napoli both to hit against [reliever Jose Valverde]."

Problem: Napoli ripped a single into center field for his second hit of the game, scoring the go-ahead run. Look, Beltre is a dangerous hitter, but so is Napoli. In that situation, I take my risks with Beltre, who is more aggressive at the plate and may still have been hurting from fouling a ball off his knee in Game 3.

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Goat: The Tigers tried way too hard to make something happen in the 10th inning when Austin Jackson was gifted first base on a hit by pitch. The Rangers still had to get through Ryan Raburn and Miguel Cabrera to end the inning, and yet Austin Jackson took matters into his own hand and tried to steal second, a move Leyland said he agreed with. Jackson was thrown out at second, which was an idiotic move. You can't take the stick out of Cabrera's hands, especially in the bottom of the 10th inning. Sure, Raburn could have hit into a double-play, but give him that chance instead of risking Jackson being caught stealing. The Rangers wouldn't allow Detroit another chance to win.

Turning point: The Rangers finally broke through for three runs in the sixth to take the lead. The man responsible for the go-ahead run in Michael Young had been struggling all postseason long, but finally came through in a big spot by singling in Elvis Andrus. David Murphy opened the sixth with a single, then after a popout, Ian Kinsler doubled to deep left where Delmon Young misplayed the carom and allowed Murphy to score. Andrus followed by plating Kinsler, who was on third after stealing a base. A Hamilton flyout and Porcello pickoff error later, Andrus crossed the plate on Young's single to completely deflate the Detroit crowd.
It took a while for the next run to be scored, but extra innings don't happen without this inning.

It was over when... The Tigers kept making mistake after mistake in the late innings and were burned like crazy in the 11th when they intentionally walked Adrian Beltre only to see Mike Napoli deliver a RBI single. But the game wasn't over at that point -- after all, Texas only had a one-run edge. But then Nelson Cruz blasted a three-run homer that put the stamp on the game. Cruz is the only player to ever hit two extra-inning homers in a postseason series.

Next: Detroit will attempt to stave off elimination by sending Justin Verlander to the hill at 4:19 p.m. ET. The Rangers counter with their own ace, C.J. Wilson.

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Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

I couldn't agree more 2 outs and a struggling Young at the plate, if he doesn't throw that away then even with the hit all Elvis does is go to 3rd base.



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

Plain and simple, the game was lost when Porcello had a man on first with two outs and two strikes on the batter.  He kept focusing on the runner instead of the batter and threw a bad pith to first.  The runner took second and he lost his focus on the batter who got a hit to bring in the third run.  A manager should never put his closer out on the mound for more than one inning.  It's simple baseball (the tigers) blew it.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:13 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

Cabrera should never have been on third base. If they pinch run for him, they win the game.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:42 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

How is a team clearly better when 2 games have gone to extra innings and the 3rd win was 3 to 2. I give Texas full credit they have made the bigger plays in the crucial innings to get the wins and they deserve them. But for some to think that they are sooooo much better is rediculous. With the way that Verlander Scherzer and Fister have been going I am not ruling out a possible comeback, though it will have to be a 3 to2 or 2 to1 type scores for that to happen. Much respect to Texas, but this series has been a play or 2 away from a Detroit 3 to1 lead instead of Texas, so just enjoy the greatness we have seen!!



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:37 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

A manager should never put his closer out on the mound for more than one inning.  It's simple baseball and we (the tigers) blew it.

Agreed... especially when that closer had already pitched 4 innings over 3 games.  I guess that shows how little faith Leyland has in the rest of his bullpen.






Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:32 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

Plain and simple, the game was lost when Porcello had a man on first with two outs and two strikes on the batter.  He kept focusing on the runner instead of the batter and threw a bad pith to first.  The runner took second and he lost his focus on the batter who got a hit to bring in the third run.  A manager should never put his closer out on the mound for more than one inning.  It's simple baseball and we (the tigers) blew it.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:54 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

On the steal?! Kinsler was safe. Nobody that he was out. his hand was on the bag whenb the tag was made.



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:51 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

I'm tired of hearing the only way Texas wins is with Detroit blunders. Texas had some mistakes as well, like Michael Young not moving Hamilton to third with less than 2 outs, mistakes on both sides. But what I have seen is Texas out hit and out pitch Detroit top to bottom. You talk about Verlander being your MVP, but without Cabrera, this team would not have even made the playoffs, plain and simple. Texas is clearly the best team, and the best team usually wins a 7 games series.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:21 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

Personally, I think the bigger blunder than having Jackson attempt to steal in the 10th, was sending Miggy home at the end of the 8th on the flyball.  You can make a case on both fronts for walking/not walking Beltre..  Napoli delievered and Cruz finished the job, sadly.  7 hours until Justin take the mound, I just hope for a nice 4 hit 8 scoreless innings, and take this thing back to Texas.  Crazier things have happened in recent times.  Its not over yet..



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:51 am
 

Blunders cost Tigers as Rangers blast way to win

IN the words of ex colts gm vince tobin.....evan brunell knows as much about baseball as my next door nieghbor and he's a mailman.  sorry but the IW was warranted you have to set up a double play there. oh but thats right leyland has no clue. he's forgotten more than you'll ever know Evan, and no im not a tigers fan


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