ALCS Game 3: Live Blog

October 16, 2012

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New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers

ALCS Game 3 (Tigers lead 2-0)


    1. Austin Jackson CF
    2. Quentin Berry LF
    3. Miguel Cabrera 3B
    4. Prince Fielder 1B
    5. Delmon Young DH
    6. Andy Dirks RF
    7. Johnny Peralta SS
    8. Alex Avila C
    9. Omar Infante 2B

Justin Verlander RHP

    1. Brett Gardner LF
    2. Ichiro RF
    3. Robinson Cano 2B
    4. Mark Teixeria 1B
    5. Raul Ibanéz DH
    6. Russell Martin C
    7. Eric Chavez 38
    8. Curtis Granderson CF
    9. Eduardo Nunez SS

Phil Hughes RHP

Pitching match-up preview for Game 3

7:49- The Farm Club is live. Settle in folks, this should be exciting. Hope you have a beer ready, if not, we’re here to help you out. Remember, friends don’t let friends drink Bud Light Lime.

7:58- Do people really call Valverde “Papa Grande”…? (Stephen Chott)
Yeah, and the Big Potato. (Mike Gazdik)
We’re not proud of that Potato one (Brian Young)
But he looks like a potato (MG)

8:03- The Yankees aren’t going to be swinging early (Stefan Jagot)
Unless they somehow get to Verlander, which is unlikely unless they’re using aluminum bats (SC)

8:06-Craig Sager looks like he’s a robot from the 70’s who dressed himself based on how he saw Vincent Price dress in an infomercial (BY)

1st Inning
8:08- First Pitch, a strike to Brett Gardner
Well it appears our prediction was wrong after one batter, Gardner was very aggressive in his first AB. To no avail of course. (SJ)
8:11- Verlander gets a huge K against Ichiro. That’s what he needs to keep that lineup under his thumb. (BY)
8:13- The Yankees go 1-2-3 to start the game against Verlander
8:15- First pitch for Hughes is a grounder to short off Austin Jackson
Phil Hughes has the tiniest face (BY)
Dude, he does. Good call. I didn’t even notice that. (MG)
8:22- Fielder works a 2 out walk and brings up Delmon “Greatest Power Hitter in Tigers Playoff History” Young
Remember: Delmon Young has the most home runs in Tigers Playoff history (MG)
Incredible (SJ)
Delmon Young, Mr. October (SC)
8:24- CoPa (Comerica Park) is brutal. Such a pitcher’s park. (SJ)
8:26- If Miggy played at Yankee Stadium, how many HRs would he have had? (MG)

2nd Inning
8:27- 2 for 23, just brutal [in reference to Cano’s postseason numbers] (SC)
8:29– A-Rod getting numbers from girls in the stands was the most contact he’s made in the playoffs (SC)

But making that a talking point for the entire game is ridiculous (SJ)
8:31- Alex Avila makes a tremendous grab in foul territory to send the Yankees down 1-2-3 in the top of the 2nd inning
8:33- Quick work for JV, this does not bode well for the Yankees. It could be one of those nights Justin messes around and gets a no-no. (SJ)
I don’t believe in jinxes (BY)
You’re not a sports fan if you don’t believe in jinxes. (MG)
8:37- Hughes looks much more comfortable out there against guys not named Prince or Miguel (BY)
8:38- Hughes gets out of the 2nd with little effort. Still knotted up at 0.
3rd Inning
8:40- Verlander: 20 pitches in 2 innings of work. Impressive. (BY)
8:45- I just realized that I own the jersey’s of two of the guys who are choking the most, A-Rod and Grandy (SC)
8:47- Verlander gets out of the 3rd in a hurry, spending less than ten minutes on the field
8:49- These are going to start dropping for the Tigers, promise you. (MG)
I would imagine (SJ)
8:52- Great play by Chavez and Tex (SC)
But the runner still gets to second (BY)
8:55- Austin Jackson advances to third on a wild pitch
8:56- This AB has turned into a war of attrition (BY)
8:58- That was a great AB, works the count and fouls a ton off. Hughes can’t be happy about that (SJ)
9:00- [After Prince Fielder flies out to end the 3rd] Bat never should have left his shoulder (BY)
That’s not what hitters do. Not with RISP. (MG)
4th Inning
9:02- Justin is really on top of his pitch count tonight, so far at least (BY)
9:05- At least Gardners working the count a little before his inevitable strikeout (SC)
How’d he get a hold of that last pitch? (Shane Viars, joining the discussion)
9:08- There goes the no-no. Thanks Stefan. (BY)
Oh whatever bro (SJ)
9:10- Ichiro should steal second (SC)
With that shift, I wouldn’t wait for a signal. (BY)
9:12- Verlander gives up a hit, but continues to cruse. He’s out of the top of the 4th.
9:17-Another notch on the bedpost for Delmon (SJ)

Wait, mustache is gone. MUSTACHE IS GONE?! No, just trimmed. Thank God. (MG)
9:21- This is bad for the Yankees. No Hughes? They’re in trouble. (BY)
This is absolutely horrible for the Yankees (MG)

9:23- While waiting for a pitching change, The Farm Club has determined that the Yankees undercut CC Sabathia’s weight listed on the roster sheet by about 30 lbs. against his real weight.

9:26- This is playing out to be a slow death for the Yankees. I wish I could say that I am sad. (SJ)
9:29- At least Girardi is good at using his whole bullpen (MG)
5th Inning
9:37- Apparently Hughes left with a back issue (SC).
9:40- True story: I didn’t know Eric Chavez was still in baseball until mid-August (BY).
9:43- Did you guys realize Andruw Jones was still in the league and on the Yankees bench? (SC).
And so the searching down of the Yankees’ roster will begin, surely. I wonder what other old stars they are paying to sit.. (MG).
9:45- The Tigers starting pitching though? Ruthless. If it wasn’t for Valverde this would be historic I feel (SJ).
It doesn’t help that the Yankees lineup has been historically bad either (SC).
Quentin Berry takes 2nd base, Miguel Cabrera at the plate. No outs. 
9:49- Miggy is hungry (MG).
Miguel Cabrera doubles to center field, Quentin Berry rounds the bases to bring the Tigers lead to 2-0.
9:51- FEED PRINCE MORE. Prince Fielder: Best walk out music? (BY).
From a very reliable source (LIVERJOURNAL?) we have found that this could be Prince’s walk out music:
9:56- I can’t believe I just watched Delmon Young get walked intentionally. Is this bizarro world? (BY).
9:58-  Another pitcher? Can’t stand Girardi at times like this (SC).

He is a micro-manager through and through (SJ).
6th Inning
10:02- In 2012, the best player on the Yankees is Ichiro. That is a weird sentence..(BY).
2012 playoffs, yes (SC).
10:04- Only 2 strikeouts for JV, uncharacteristic, but he has been very effective (SJ).
10:05- His pitch efficiency has to be through the roof though. That’s the 800th infield fly for Verlander tonight (BY).
A 1-2-3 sixth inning for Verlander, after Gardner sends the ball right back to him and JV throws him out at first. 
10:14- Girardi getting on the phone again after the Infante single (MG).
He’s just ordering a drink…strikes me as a martini guy (BY).
10:18- The lid is about to blow in Detroit…barring this next at-bat, of course (SJ).
10:24- Mini-Cabby table-setting for the big dog (SJ).
This is probably going to go as bad as every one thinks it will (SC).
10:25- When I said “how every one thinks it will go” I meant a double play (SC).
7th Inning
10:30- It’s only the 7th? Man… (SC).
10:35- Straight 0’s for Cano in this series (SJ).
He’s 0 for his last 26 or something like that (SC).
Verlander strikes out Cano as we speak, making him 0 for the last 29 at bats (MG).
10:37- Something we don’t hear about enough: Verlander has a sick move to 1st (BY).
10:39- The Ibanez legend has gone by the wayside. Verlander has done some damage (SJ).
10:42- Verlander/Miggy 2012. I believe in an economy funded by strikeouts and dingers (BY).
10:44- John Smoltz can’t tell the difference between rain and snow (BY).
SnowBut the Yankees are already as cold as ice! (SC).

8th inning

10:55- Verlander continuing his excellent post season, and with 106 pitches thrown, expect him to go the distance. (Sj)

10:57- Someone get Miggy goalie pads. He’s the Red Wings new starting net minder. (BY)

10:58- Russell Martin is looking in a world of hurt, that can’t be a good feeling. (SJ)

11:02- I may shit myself if we get Hamilton. No way he finishes that. And there’s no way he’d be worth the money they’d give him (SC)


9th inning

11:12- Typical Verlander, just taking his game to the next level in the 9th. (SJ)

11:16- Grabbing a victory beer (homerun hit right after). (BY)

11:19- So if this does go to extras, who’s gonna pitch for us? Girardi has used the whole damn pen. (SJ)

11:22- Speaking of Bullpen: Verlander out, Coke coming in (SC)

11:28- Ibanez! (SC)

11:30: This is on me. (BY)

11:35- I could use a Phil Coke finger point right now. (SJ)

or that… (SJ)

Tigers Win 2-1

Game Recap:

WP: Justin Verlander

LP: Phil Hughes

SV: Phil Coke

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One Comment on “ALCS Game 3: Live Blog”

  1. JarrahVW Says:

    Great to see Brett Gardner back in the starting lineup. Hope that speed of his and Ichiros comes good early. Really interesting to see both A Rod AND Swisher benched for this one. Sign of things to come maybe?


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