October 14, 2012
ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 6, Yankees 4
A few innings after Raul Ibanez solidified his True Yankee™ status with yet another ninth-inning, game-tying home run, seemingly setting the stage for an inevitable extra-innings win, the Yankees lost Game One. They also lost a leader and a pretty good player, leaving them looking much more vulnerable than they did a day ago. Here are three things to think about before Game Two gets underway.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the first, second, and sixth innings with nothing to show for it. In the sixth, Doug Fister escaped his own jam, striking out Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Russell Martin. But in the first and second, Fister had help.
After issuing walks to Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and Raul Ibanez, Fister faced A-Rod with two outs and the bases full in the first. A-Rod hit a hard grounder in the hole between second and third, and Jhonny Peralta turned it into an out.
Ibanez complained about the call at second, but the replay confirmed that it was correct.