The Tigers left the Big Apple with a big lead in the ALCS.
The Tigers won Game Two of the ALCS over the New York Yankees 3-0 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with the best-of-seven ALCS heading to Detroit for the next three games.
Detroit took advantage of some timely hitting and a really bad call to seal their second straight win in Detroit.
With Detroit leading 1-0 in the eighth inning and Omar Infante on first base, Austin Jackson hit a two-out base hit to right field. Infante took an aggressive turn around second base and Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher threw to second base where Robinson Cano applied a tag on Infante. Second base umpire Jeff Nelson called Infante safe at second, but replays clearly showed that Infante was tagged out before getting back to the bag. Replay only applies to home runs in Major League Baseball.
So instead of the inning being over, the Tigers had runners on first and second with two outs and Avisail Garcia took advantage of the team's good fortune by scoring Infante with a flare to right field. Miguel Cabrera added an insurance run with a base hit to right as well that scored Austin Jackson to make it 3-0 Detroit.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the seventh inning. Quintin Berry led off the inning with a ground-rule double to center off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. He would later score when the Yankees were unable to turn an inning-ending double play off a Delmon Young ground ball to short.
Kuroda was pitching for the first time ever on three days rest, but wasn't bothered by the short rest early. He was perfect through five full innings before Jhonny Peralta led off the sixth inning with a base hit to center. Kuroda ended up going 7 2/3 innings, and was on the hook for all three Tigers runs while giving up just five hits and striking out 11.
However, Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez was just as strong. Sanchez went seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits, and striking out seven while walking three. Phil Coke came in to work a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to record the save.
Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said before the game that usual team closer Jose Valverde would not be available to close in Game Two. Valverde gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth in Game One to blow the save last night.
Detroit now leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 and will host the next three games of the series at Comerica Park. Game Three is scheduled for Tuesday night with the first pitch set for 8:07 p.m. Justin Verlander (2-0) will start for the Tigers while Phil Hughes (0-0, 1 ND) will start for the Yankees.