Reds, Tigers ready and waiting
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 7:01 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The entire season was a comeback for Buster Posey, so he didn’t think anything of it when San Francisco needed one of the biggest yet to play for a pennant.
He led them to one of Giant proportions.
The National League batting champion hit the third grand slam in Giants postseason history on Thursday, sending San Francisco back to the championship series with a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
They will play Game 1 on Sunday, either in Washington against the Nationals or in San Francisco against the wild card St. Louis Cardinals.
The Giants became the first NL team to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the division series, which began in 1995. Major League Baseball’s changed playoff format this season allowed them to become the first to take a best-of-five by winning the last three on the road.
Tigers 6, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera danced on a chair in one corner of the visiting clubhouse, puffing a cigar. Prince Fielder doused his young sons, Jadyn and Haven, with non-alcoholic sparkling wine, then handed them each a bottle to shake and spray.
Just when the celebration seemed to be ending, Justin Verlander ran through the door and screamed “Whoo!”
On the mound and in the clubhouse, Verlander made sure Detroit’s postseason party wasn’t over yet.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP backed up his credentials in the biggest moment of the season Thursday night, throwing a four-hitter in the decisive Game 5 to get the Tigers back to the AL championship series for a second straight year with a 6-0 victory over the overachieving Oakland Athletics.
Verlander delivered in the division series a day after closer Jose Valverde failed to hold a two-run lead in the ninth that pushed Detroit to the brink after jumping out to a 2-0 series lead back home.
Orioles 2, Yankees 1
NEW YORK (AP) — These Birds don’t rattle easily.
A day after a demoralizing defeat, the Baltimore Orioles won a test of wills and Game 4 of the AL division series, bouncing back to outlast the New York Yankees 2-1 in 13 innings Thursday night on J.J. Hardy’s RBI double.
Now, after playing past midnight to even things, the Orioles will get a chance to finally overtake the Yankees in a winner-take-all Game 5 today. The teams have already split 22 games this year, and it all comes down this: a matchup for a spot in the AL championship series against Detroit.
“We just kept telling ourselves, this is not the last night of the season,” Hardy said.
Game 1 winner CC Sabathia was set to pitch the deciding game for the Yankees against Jason Hammel.
Published in The Messenger 10.12.12