DETROIT — The crowd was electrifying leading up to Game 3 on Wednesday night at Comerica Park – until it was officially announced as postponed due to inclement weather.
To think that the energetic crowd from the previous night could be even more enthusiastic the next day is hard to imagine.
Postponed games usually make it difficult for the fans to even come back, especially when the new game time is earlier in the afternoon.
But this is Detroit.
Fans piled back in the park early and the rally towels seemed to never stop waving. The star of the game was Max Scherzer. No, it was Miguel Cabrera. Alright, definitely Jhonny Peralta?
How about all of them?
Pitching looked as phenomenal as it’s been the whole postseason.
Starter Max Scherzer led the way through 5 2/3 innings. Only giving up 1 run on 2 hits all while striking out a postseason high 10 batters.
“I was able to pitch like I did in the regular season, get in a couple right situations,” Scherzer said after the game, “that’s the reason I was able to execute all my pitches tonight.”
Drew Smyly, Octavio Dotel, and none other than Phil Coke finished off the game. They did not give up a single hit through 3.1 innings.
The bats finally erupted like everyone had hoped they would. After singles from Infante and Fielder in the 1st, Yankee killer Delmon Young brought in Infante with a single of his own.
Tigers led 1-0 until adding another run in the 3rd off the bat of Avisail Garcia via an RBI single.
Oh, has anyone told you that Miguel Cabrera likes to hit?
Well, he does.
A 2-run 410 foot home run off of Yankees starter CC Sabathia in the 4th inning, his first of the postseason, made it 4-0 Tigers.
Jhonny Peralta followed up with a 2-run home run of his own just 2 batters later. Tigers led 6-0 through 5 innings and Comerica Park never got quiet.
The Tigers would add 2 more runs in the game, a solo home run by Austin Jackson in the 7th inning and another home run by Peralta in the 8th.
The final out was a pop up to the edge of the outfield off the bat of Jayson Nix. Prince Fielder called everyone off and squeezed the ball tight into his glove.
With the final score of 8-1, the Detroit Tigers advance to their franchise eleventh World Series. They will face either the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants.
Unfortunately, with the sweep of the Yankees, the Tigers have a little layoff until they’ll play again. Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled to begin next Wednesday.
If memory serves you correct, you’ll remember in 2006 when they swept the Oakland A’s in the ALCS and had a hefty layover. In the ’06 World Series, many described them as ‘sluggish’.
Could we see a repeat or is this the team that wipes out the bitter taste from 2006?
“Yeah, it’s probably going to be tough to deal with,” Scherzer said in the locker room, “were used to playing every single day. But the thing is, we just get to party tonight and figure it out tomorrow.”
He couldn’t have said it any better. Party it up Detroit.
You’re going to the World Series.
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