Another rainy Game 1 dooms Tigers as they go down, 3-2

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Another rainy Game 1 dooms Tigers as they go down, 3-2

Post  Admin on Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:33 am

Nelson Cruz broke a postseason slump with a homerun that helped boost the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers, 3-2 in Game 1 of the ALCS as rain caused nearly two hours of delays.

Rangers scored all their runs off Justin Verlander before the game was interrupted twice for a total of 1 hour, 50 minutes in the top of the fifth. It's the second straight time this postseason Verlander played a Game 1 that rained on him.

Rick Porcello, Detroit’s scheduled Game 4 starter, had two scoreless innings after replacing Verlander. Leyland said the Tigers could alter their planned rotation for the rest of the series.

Ryan Raburn and Miguel Cabrera had consecutive sharp singles to left after Austin Jackson took a called third strike leading off the game. Raburn was playing left field and AL batting champion Cabrera batting third for only the second time this season after slugger Delmon Young was left off the ALCS roster because of an oblique injury on his left side.

Jim Leyland said the plan was for Verlander to go back in after the first delay. That all changed when the game resumed for good about two hours after his last pitch.

In between the delays, Austin Jackson doubled in a run and scored on a wild pitch by Rangers starter C.J. Wilson.

After Ramon Santiago led off the fifth with a double and while Brandon Inge was batting with a 1-0 count against Wilson, the intensity of the rain picked up. Welke then stopped the game for the first time and had the field covered.

Alexi Ogando pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his fourth save this postseason.


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