The early game is in the books, and Detroit is heading home up 2 games with their ace, Justin Verlander, to start game 3. The complexion of today’s game turned on a blown umpire’s call at second base with 2 outs in the Tiger 8th inning. The Yankees should have been out of the inning still trailing by just one but, to Detroit’s credit, the Tigers took advantage of their good fortune to add two more tallies in that frame.
After the prolongation of the 8th inning arising from the blown call, the Yankees went to their bullpen, using 4 more pitchers in the inning before recording the elusive final out. For the game, the Yankees used 3 pitchers for just a single batter each, just the 11th time that has happened in the post-season, but the 7th time since 2002. It was also the 77th time in post-season using 2 or more pitchers for just a single batter – only one of those (game 2 of the 1956 WS) in the pre-expansion era. Here are the previous games with 3 pitchers each used for just one batter.
Like today, seven of the previous ten occasions (red) involved all of the single-batter appearances occurring in the same inning, including 4 previous occasions (bolded) using a total of 5 pitchers in that inning.
Phil Coke earned the save for the Tigers, the 25th post-season save of exactly 2 innings in the LDS era (since 1995). The previous 24 were authored by just 8 pitchers, led by Mariano Rivera with 14 such games. The last save of more than 2 innings was the 3 inning appearance by Brian Anderson of the Indians in game 4 of the 1997 WS.
In the NLCS opener, both starters got rocked, but the bullpens on both sides were rock solid. In a combined 10.2 innings of work, relievers on both teams allowed a combined zero runs on only 2 hits and 3 walks. Nine relievers on both teams each allowed no runs and no hits, the most ever in a 9-inning post-season game, moving to the top of this list.
This was also the first ever game 1 in an LCS with neither starter pitching 4 innings, and only the fifth such opening game in any post-season series, joining these contests.
David Freese and Carlos Beltran each homered for the Cardinals. It was Beltran’s 3rd homerun of this post-season, and the 14th of his post-season career. Beltran leads all players with 13 HR in his first 25 career post-season games. Freese cracked the top 30 in that category with his 6th round-tripper in his 25th career game tonight.
|1||Carlos Beltran||Ind. Games||13|
|2||Nelson Cruz||Ind. Games||11|
|3||Duke Snider||Ind. Games||9|
|4||Troy Glaus||Ind. Games||9|
|5||Lou Gehrig||Ind. Games||9|
|6||Frank Robinson||Ind. Games||8|
|7||Albert Pujols||Ind. Games||8|
|8||Mickey Mantle||Ind. Games||8|
|9||Jim Edmonds||Ind. Games||8|
|10||Evan Longoria||Ind. Games||8|
|11||Juan Gonzalez||Ind. Games||8|
|12||Ken Caminiti||Ind. Games||8|
|13||Jay Buhner||Ind. Games||8|
|14||Bernie Williams||Ind. Games||8|
|15||Jason Varitek||Ind. Games||7|
|16||Bill Skowron||Ind. Games||7|
|17||Jim Leyritz||Ind. Games||7|
|18||Paul Konerko||Ind. Games||7|
|19||Matt Holliday||Ind. Games||7|
|20||Goose Goslin||Ind. Games||7|
|21||Nomar Garciaparra||Ind. Games||7|
|22||Jose Canseco||Ind. Games||7|
|23||Larry Walker||Ind. Games||7|
|24||B.J. Upton||Ind. Games||7|
|25||Gary Matthews||Ind. Games||7|
|26||Kirk Gibson||Ind. Games||7|
|27||Steve Garvey||Ind. Games||7|
|28||George Brett||Ind. Games||7|
|29||21 players||tied with||6|