Sunday, October 14, 2012
Young helps Tigers slide by Yankees
By ESPN Stats & Information
Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS produced a wave of emotions for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.
Delmon Young led the Tigers to victory after they blew a four-run lead in the ninth, Raul Ibanez was clutch once again, and Derek Jeter suffered a broken ankle that ended his season.
Young drove in three of the Tigers’ six runs thanks to a home run in the eighth inning and go-ahead RBI in the 12th.
The home run was his sixth in the postseason with the Tigers, which is the most in franchise history.
Young's double in the 12th came off of a slider, which was not a bad pitch choice considering Young's .118 career postseason batting average against that pitch entering Saturday.
It didn’t work out for the Yankees as Young became the sixth Tiger with a go-ahead RBI in extra innings and first since Johnny Grubb in the 1984 ALCS.
Ibanez, meanwhile, did all he could to keep the Yankees in the game as they had just a 1.9 percent win probability entering the bottom of the ninth inning, according to Fangraphs.com.
Down two runs, Ibanez became the sixth player in history to hit a postseason game-tying home run in the bottom of ninth with two outs.
He is also the first player ever with three home runs in the ninth inning or later in a single postseason (hit two in the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles).
Ibanez’s home run came off Jose Valverde who has allowed seven runs in his last two postseason appearances (1 1/3 innings). It was the first home run Valverde allowed off his splitter since May 20, 2011.
The Yankees’ biggest loss of the night was not the game, but their captain Jeter who broke his ankle.
Jeter ranks in the top five all-time in postseason hits (1st), runs (1st), home runs (3rd) and RBI (4th).
Since 1996, the Yankees have played 158 postseason games. Jeter has started all 158.
Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez will likely be called upon to replace Jeter.
The Yankees will lose a significant amount offensively.
The Yankees will look to bounce back Sunday in Game 2, but the Tigers have had their number.
Detroit’s 7-3 record against New York is the best postseason record all-time against the Yankees.