Rain & another Cruz HR in the 11th plague Tigers again, 7-3

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Rain & another Cruz HR in the 11th plague Tigers again, 7-3

Post  Admin on Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:37 am



Once again, rain falls on the Tigers, combined with another 11th inning homerun by Nelson Cruz puts the Detroit Tigers in deep trouble as they went down, 7-3 in Game 4 at Comerica Park and trail 3-1 in the American League Championship Series.

Jose Valverde, who got the Rangers out 1-2-3 in the 10th inning, gave up a leadoff double to Josh Hamilton in the 11th, which lead to a go-ahead RBI single and then Cruz's three-run homerun. Cruz became the first player in major league history to hit a pair of extra inning homeruns in the same postseason series.

Valverde has a 0.52 ERA this year in save chances, including the playoffs, according to STATS, but in non-save situations, his ERA is 6.83.

Rain delayed the start of the game by 2 hours and 13 minutes. It's the 4th time this postseason that the Tigers were cursed by the rain. The first was Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, which was suspended until the next day and they lost. The other two were part of this series (ALCS), which affected the momentum of Detroit in the middle of Game 1 and caused Game 2 to be postponed until the next day. The Tigers were unable to gain a victory in those games, too.

Detroit will look to avoid elimination when they play Game 5 at Comerica Park this Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. Justin Verlander is scheduled to start against Texas' starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, but unfortunately for Verlander, just like in both Game 1s this postseason in his case, the rain is also scheduled to make an appearance as well.




Albert Pujols hit an RBI double off Yovani Gallardo during a four-run 1st inning and four St. Louis Cardinal relievers combined for four perfect innings for a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers as they take control of the National League Championship Series with a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals will look to expand the lead in Game 4 this Thursday night in St. Louis.

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