Verlander Superb As Tigers Beat Yankees 2-1, Take 3-0 Lead In ALCS
Justin Verlander is one of the best pitchers in baseball and he showed it Tuesday night dominating the Yankees to help the Detroit Tigers take a 3-0 lead in the ALCS with a 2-1 victory.
The game was scoreless till the the bottom of the 4th when Delmon Young would hit a homer to break the tie. Shortly afterward Phil Hughes left the game with a back issue and was replaced by David Phelps. Phelps would finish up the 4th and continue in the 5th where he would give up an RBI double by Miguel Cabrera to score Quintin Berry.
The Yankees couldn't score off of Verlander until the top of the ninth when of all people Eduardo Nunez hit a home run to get them on the board. That is all they would get as Verlander would have Brett Gardner ground out and Phil Coke would come in and take care of Ichrio Suzuki. Mark Teixeria would single up the middle to keep the Yankees alive. Robinson Cano would break his hitless streak with a base hit to left. It came down to Raul Ibanez who wouldn't be the hero this time around striking out to end the game.
Verlander was absolutely superb. He would throw 132 pitches, 86 of which were strikes. He would strike out only 3, but would only allow 3 hits and walked none.
Game 4 of the series is Wednesday night in Detroit with CC Sabathia taking the mound for the Yankees to take on Max Scherzer for the Tigers. Catch all the action on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio starting with the pregame at 7:30 and first pitch at 8:07.