Petitte makes quick work of the tigers thru 1.
EDIT: Fielder and Young with RBI singles in the 6th. Tigers 2-0
EDIT 2: Annnnd that just happened. Valverde FTL
That strike zone is bullshit
hitters. Yankee hitters seem to get the benefit of doubt most of the time.
That looked like an awful call on the force out, but I'll take it
it was a good call. I thought initially safe as well.
Wow as a tiger fan on that call all I am wondering is if the ND refs went to the Yankee game
correct on the replay.
Lets hope Fister can pull this together!!!
At all accurate? Last series the announcers cited it as though it were perfect, even when the ump clearly disagreed.
I wish they would turn it off when it becomes obvious the ump is calling it differently. It only makes me mad
The replay they just showed has the throw beating the runner!!
There are an awful lot of empty seats in the stadium.
As of this morning you could buy a ticket for $40...
Wow I just paid $90 for upper deck at comerica for game 3.
That's really cheap. I figured the prices were sky high, which is why the seats are empty.
Side note: I just lost even more respect for TBS for repping Bleacher Report
this ump is calling weird stuff
Both pitches were over the plate. They need to throw one at his ear hole to quit diving one the plate.
too many high fastballs...
Time to shut this down. Strike out Ichiro..
Say what you want about the strike zone but Fister really hasn't been sharp, he's missing pretty frequently to left handed hitters.
The problem is you're in Yankee Stadium. It's what, 310 to the right field wall? That's why granderson went from .270, 20 hrs to .230, 43 or so.
Damn it infield hit.
Dammit. Stupid softball hitting Ichiro.
Is it time to start warming up Smyly and/or Porcello? Fister's nearly at 50 pitches already!
Sure living dangerously here.
Wow that ball was smoked, sure looked safe.
than good on that play, ball was definatly headed up the middle.
I see you Johnnie!!!
"Rumours of my demise have been greatly exagerated." - Jhonny's defense
pretty freaking lucky on that one. He was safe.
Yes 2nd look he might have been safe.
That pitch tracker is so off. Pitches down the middle of the plate are way inside on the pitch trax and a ball that almost hit the ground was on the bottom edge of pitch trax strike zone
Thanks A Rod.
The good ole 5-4-3 to get out of the inning, big boys are up now.
Quick inning - that was key. That and still not giving up runs, of course.
Both teams infields are putting on a show tonight.
I don't think he is a bad player. That said, everytime he is up to bat it just makes me sad V-Mart is hurt.
Lets just hope he doesn't decide to hit the bars in NY tonight.
Let's hope the team assigned him a chaperone if he does.
Everytime Delmon Young swings an angel loses its wings
good D and some poor batting so far.
Lead off man on time to move him around. Lets get it done tigers!!!
Dirks needed to take a better swing on 2-0 there or take the pitch.
This Tigers offense is still pitiful. Making Pettitte look like he's 26 years old again.
to watch the tigers bat on the road this season.
Did anyone else notice the TBS graphic that listed "WIllie Mayes" and "Eddie Murphy"?
Fister pitching very well now - sometimes an injury focuses a player
Edit: Second Yes
No consistency from this ump. Peralta's 1-1 pitch called strike was a ball all day long
OP is delivering.
Also coming up big: Cabrera spotting Swisher's misplay (must've been a misplay, right?) and scoring from second!
Dirks, normally one of my favorites, has been awful in his last 2 at bats.
Ugh, 2 runs and it still feels like too little.
Gah. Infante messes up an easy play, Texiera on first.
Garcia should not be playing...I dont care if it is a Lefty Berry should be an every day player.
bad call that was out
I assume you are referring to the Ibanez double down the first base line? No way to tell from what we've seen if it was fair or foul. Would have to see replay of a camera right on the line, which I doubt they have
Need another strike out!!
watching yanks fans boo their own players.
Wow. Did they just all boo Granderson for striking out? Dammit Yankees fans...
is missing mo town.
HELL YES FISTER.
3 times he worked out of a jam. Gotta love being the lucky one
All the shots of the sad New Yorkers is getting me aroused
The Yankees have loaded the bases 3 times against Fister and failed to score every time. I said before this series, Tigers in 6, didn't see the Yankees offense stepping up to the challenge. It'll be tough for them to hit Detroit pitching.
I'll never get how fans who boo their team so much feel like they have the best team on the field?
Anyone else feel Cabrera seems a little off in his ABs this postseason? Seems to me like he's trying too hard to hit. I don't know. Just doesn't look right for the majority of his ABs.
I think he is pressing and fealing the pressure. He is a better hitter when he is loose and relaxed.
So how short of a leash is Fister on here? The bullpen has sucked but Fister has allso been playing with fire all night.
one hit short. i can't wait for another ab w/ coke. can't. wait.
a Coke half-inning alive.
Watching Coke run out of the bullpen will immediately reduce me to the fetal position.
of our starters. our bullpen not so much.
So far our starters have only given up 5 runs in their 6 games. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Edit: Which translates to a era around 0.9.
Ichiro should have been rung up - he went around there.
Throw it in the dirt!
Come on Coke finish it!!!!
Excellent work by Coke. 2-0 Tigers still, heading to 8th.
Can we score some more runs please? PLEASE!?!
YOU HEARD ME!!!!
I know. He must be living right today.
We need 3 more run at least. We don't want to see Valverde!!!!!!!!
I SEE YOU DELMON.
That makes Delmon tied for most in franchise postseason history...wait...what?
I know - seriously?
Home Run!!!!!! Tack on some more boys.
You go Delmon!!! 3-0 Tigers.
glad to be wrong.
Everytime Delmon Young swings an angel GAINS its wings.
Pinch hit Berry for Garcia!!
And thats why I'm not a big league manager.
I love me some Mini-Miggy
Garcia comes through! 4-0 Tigers.
Great outing for Coke. I almost feal bad for not having any faith in him..... Almost
taking out a reliever who is doing well like Coke is tonight. The more people you throw out there to pitch the more variables you let enter the equation.
I see you A Jax!
Garcia just saved a homerun for us.
Love the effort there from Avisail. Potentially kept the ball in the park. I love Granderson, but sure am glad he sucks when he plays us.
Lets add some more. We don't want to see Valverde tonight!
we could use two more! C'mon Omar!
I am watching PTI with this a rod discussion. There is a game happening....
Thats why I muted the t.v and tuned in the radio.
I know. Is TBS the Yankee gossip network or something?
i could watch the tigers' playoff run with rod and mario at the announcers' helm
Jeter is a Dick. Who doesn't dream if being a Tiger when they are a kid?
Really TBS I could care less about your hair!!
First pitch a ball not close.... Not a good sign
I hope 4 runs is enough for Valverde.
Hard liquor neaded.
If valverde blows this he is the worst pitcher in mlb history
Here we go.... :(
Warm up Alburquerque.
He should have been warming up simultaneously with Valverde.
So do I it takes the doubleplay out of order.
I despise that diving over the plate. Stand in there and take your swings.
the fuck out
Any chance we re-sign Valverde????
I am hoping he gets recruited to play running back at Iowa...
Holy jumping fucking shit balls this guy is fucking unbellievably awful. Seriously. Anyone tries to defend him even if he can hang on you are fucking crazy.
Does Leyland have a limit to how awful Valverde has to be before he will FINALLY get him out of the game or is it just unlimited suckage?
Valverde should be playing in the Independent League.
Who in the bloody fucking hell do you serve up a Homerun to ICHIRO?!?!?!? And Jim, why in the hell is he still in this game?!?!!!!!
he is intolerably bad
Can we put Verlander in? Pretty sure even on zero days rest he'd do better than this idiot.
Haha the kid in the Fielder shirt looked like he was going to pee himself in excitement
If anyone even thinks of using the "He was perfect in save opportunities last year" defense for this guy, I will personally reach through their computer screen and slap them. The dude's been a frigging can of oil all year.
But he was perfect in save situations last year.
I volunteer to help you with that. I remember him getting lucky quite a bit last year. The Rolaids Relief award went to him for giving us heartburn each time he pitched. Even if he did get lucky and convert
postion in baseball. Before there was a "closer" comebacks in the ninth were no more or less prevalant than they are now. The fact that these awful pitchers are getting paid to be "closers" blows my mind.
Give me a fricking break, this guy is intolerable.
all of you
GOD FUCKING DAMMIT VALVERDE
He'll get killed if he comes back here.
Wow! Get this man outta here.
I honestly don't know how Leyland keeps his job.
Seen this before....please Detroit don't f this up! Come on Tigers!
FUCK LEYLAND AND VALVERDE BOTH
Pull him and cut him. Sick of his shit.
Fucking Jim Leyland!!!!
Put in Raburn to pitch
You gotta be kidding me....
That guy is possessed.
Fuck this. Valverde should not pitch again for the Tigers. Seriously.
You have to be fucking kidding me. What a fucking disgrace. Get your shit together Leyland.
But he was perfect in save situations last year.
Jim "I am the only person in the fucking universe who cant tell that this useless preening asshole couldnt a fucking blind, crippled girl scout out" Leyland
I think don't think you a verb in that sentence
No chance you can pitch him the rest of this post season. None.
Might as well put it on a tee for them. Hangs one dead in the middle of the strike zone
WORST FUCKING COACHING DECISION I HAVE EVER SEEN IN ANY SPORT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. AND THAT IS NOT AN EXAGERATION. WOW.
How do you not pull him after the first home run? Inexcusable?
blows game for flawless starting pitching.
I've hung with Leyland through a lot, and will continue to do so, but leaving Valverde in after walking Teixera is inexcusable.
was anyone seriously surprised?
Can we recover from this
well that could have gone better. Lets just hope we get to bat again.
I'm picturing Fister, Verlander, Scherzer, and Garcia soap-beating Valverde Full Metal Jacket style.
I, and most of Detroit, would pay to be there.
FUCK FUCK FUCK!!! I hope to never see that man pitch another game in a Tiger uni.
I haven't felt a hate for a Tigers player ever as much as I do with Valverde this year.
he has one pitch, and it sucks
Why do you leave Valverde in... Go get Dotel. For goodness sakes Jimmy, he is struggling and you leave him in after giving up a two run home run... After this year get rid of both Valverde and Leland. Go get Manny Acta... He did more with less.
Valverde should have his ass stapled to the bench for the rest of the series. Blew this game, a great performance from Fister, and possibly a chance at winning this series. He's been a horrible closer for most of the year, and two massively blown games this postseason should be signs that Leyland needs to find someone else.
Of Valverde taking a dump on the mound. He is the worst. He is absolutely the worst.
Raul is amazing.
Of course Dotel comes in and cleans up Valverde's mess. One hit to late there Leyland.
And guess what. Tomorrow he'll put him back in there again cause he's "his guy".
Must've just KILLED Leyland to actually put a pitcher in the game who can get somebody out. Afterall....Dotel isn't "his guy" so he's not allowed to make the last out.
Where's Jeff Gilhooly and his lead pipe when you need him?
Wow. Dotel's hook is moving probably 16 inches more than Valverde's splitter. He was warm in the bullpen, and Leyland left him in the tank. I feel sick.
thats on coaching for leaving him in after the 1st 2 run HR....then leaving him in after the walk.
For putting him in when it wasn't even a save situation
Infante needed to get that bunt down to give us a shot at a 5 run lead. Now the TBS announcers are jizzing over themselves.
you are correct sir!
Unbelievable. Don't know what to say. We have to pull this game out.
"My god..." -Justin Verlander
What a poop
"Well, playing in Comerica that's just a routine out" fucking horseshit managing. Even Lamont knew it was a fucktarded move.
Really just makes me sick to my stomach.
17 scoreless innings between Valverde pitching disasters on the mound. Wtf Leyland? Get him the fuck out of there!
If valverde sees the field again I am going to personally put one of Lelands smokes out in his eye.
This is a microcosm of the last 3 years of Leyland's career. He messes with shit that oughtn't be messed with, and he leaves things alone that are begging to be changed. A t-ball coach could've seen that coming.
If the Tigers go on and blow this game these are the type of games that absolutely CRUSH a team's spirit. You have it won and then some worthless fucking idiot absolutely hands them a gift.
I know I feel dong punched....I can only imagine how the players feel right now. But Valverde's probably cracking open a cold one and getting something to eat right now. His work if finished...he's fucked up yet another game and somebody else's hard work.
Leyland should be fired on the spot for malpractice.
only your "closer." "Yes, he's pitching terribly today, but he's my 'closer.'" What a stupid creation.
I wanna punch Leyland in the fucking balls!
we're going to lose in the bottom of the 10th.
is there any chance we win this game?
I'm not liking the chances. The team looked pretty deflated after Valverde shit himself on the mound...
it sucks trying to be a control-freak-armchair-manager-who-nobody-listens-to sports fan
I hear that Valverde's new best friend, Scott Boras, is on suicide watch.
More like assclown on the mound.
and yet people continue to give him such a long leash... the retort is always, "well the Tigers had only made the playoffs once since '84 before leyland, now they've been three times."
Sorry, but we have Dave Dombrowski and Illitch's wallet to thank for that, not leyland...
Yeah just imagine what they could do with just a little better manager.
I know we don't do nicknames here, but since he is making millions of dollars to blow saves in the playoffs, am I allowed to call him "Val-merde" just once? I promise I won't do it again, at least here.
Valverde is Kenny Powers.
Send him to the Mexican League.
how is it that they can't seem to recognize when a left-handed batter goes around?
Correct. Second Yankee to catch a break on an obvious swing for strike 3.
I cant see them getting out of this inning.
Dotel goes full on everyone. Jesus!
Dammit that was close.
Well Hopefully the bottom of the order can set something up for Ajax.
Just pitched an inning without giving up 4 runs. What an amazing accomplishment.
Leyland would pinch hit Raburn for Cabrera if he wasn't hurt.
Third extra inning game in last 4 days.....come on Tigers finish this!
Nice job TBS announcers. Let's talk about how Austin is striking out less and what does he do.
Are they going to shut that dickhead up anytime soon?
the end is upon us
I'm caring less and less as this game goes on...as if I've already accepted defeat...
I agree...I'm one more base runner away from assuming defeat and going to bed
I got disgusted and went and played a game of on line pinochle and believe it or not the ONLY thing people were talking about in the lounge was what a shitty manager Leyland was for leaving his shitty closer in the game and blowing it AGAIN.
I cant run from it.
Have to throw it in the dirt on 0-2! Too good a pitch.
We need this guy back....
Good old roller coaster how we miss you.
Give me Nate Robertson over Valverde
They should walk him...but what the hell do i know?
You don't put the winning run in scoring position.
knows nothing never
What a big inning for the kid. Great job by him keeping this game going.
in yankee stadium. Maybe his first playoff W as well?
Tiger fans, it could be worse:
Good old Joe Table. I forgot about that guy.
Time for the big boys to step up! Lets go Cabby
Let's go Delmon, do yo thang
Delmon but he was a demon there!
Yeah Delmon Young!!!!
Yes!!!! Way to go Delmon!!! Good thing Valverde can't come in again!
Leave in Smyly, or bring in Al? Could be an audition for the permanent spot...
Based on experience I'd probably give it to Dotel from here on out.
get emotionally invested in this again. i just can't let myself do it
All right, now what, bullpen wise? Leave Smyly in? (I think so.) Who do we warm up just in case, Al-Al? Maybe Porcello?
Smyly for Chavez and Al-Al against Swish and Gardner?
Yes - I like your thinking here.
I'll buy it but I'm thinking more along the lines of Smyly as long as he's getting outs, with a quick hook to Al if/when he gets in trouble.
If Drew gets an easy out I'd ride with him until he put a runner on base.
Swisher - that stinking Buckeye - missed it! Sweet!
Chances leyland blows delmon after this game...
I would feel bad if Jeter is realy hurt here. He's a class player.
Ooooooo....Jeter does not look all right.
"He's fine...oh maybe not"
Sad to see Jeter hurt...
wow that looked bad..
Oh boy please more runs!
Yes!! MOAR runs!!
The Yanks had some bad fielding this inning.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but his left foot was the one that was already bothering him?
this looked like a knee problem though..
I think it's the ankle. He torqued it a bit making that play--might not be much on a healthy ankle, but that can seriously aggravate one that's already hurt.
Wasn't super-hard, though, he may be back for the rest of the series. Keep in mind that he is fatigued after a 12-inning game.
He fouled a ball off of his left foot and at times looked like he had difficulty running the bases, except when he tripled against O's on Wednesday and then scored from first on a double Friday! I think he was just milking it....now it appears he has a legit injury to play with?
That Yankee fan needs to be gif'd
Hate to be that guy, but does anyone have a stream link?
first row isnt working.
Is Leyland petitioning MLB to let him use Valverde twice in one game? You know he'd love to get him right back on that horse.
Dont even mention the possibility. You know if he thought it would work he would be whispering sweet nothings to Bud Selig.
Upside here: We're blowing through the entire Yankee bullpen, which they may need tomorrow with Koroda on three days rest.
Wouldn't be surprised if the game is pretty high-scoring tomorrow, regardless of result here.
That and a win would be double-upside.
I was thinking the same thing when the announcers mentioned they were on their 7th pitcher. I figured, either let's win this or let's take this thing 20 innings.
Alright guys 3 outs to go. Again...
Here we go. Don't blow it again.
If they can't close this out now I'm not sure if it's meant to be...
However, when it comes to the Yankees I make an exception! After CC drilled Nick Markakis and broke his hand I wish nothing but bad luck to all of them!
Say what you want about the Yankees, but Jeter went to Michigan (albeit briefly).
That being said I still never cheer for injuries, no matter what.