Sanchez, Coke Combine for Shut Out in Game 2 of ALCS

After last night’s roller coaster ride of a possible easy win that turned into a long, tiring and taxing win, the Tigers made quick work of the Yankees with a 3-0 win to take command of the series.

Anibal Sanchez, once again, pitched extremely well in the victory while keeping the Yankees struggling offense off balance for 7 innings.  Phil Coke relieved Sanchez in the bottom of the 8th and pitched two scoreless innings for the save and so Jose Valverde wouldn’t be heard from.

The big play that most people will want to talk about will be the incorrect call at second base on Omar Infante in the top of the 8th when he was called safe yet clearly out and the Tigers went on to score 2 more runs to extend their lead to 3-0.  Bud Selig had recently talked about adding more instant replay by next year but this isn’t the kind of play that will be reviewable anyway.

The expanded replay will only cover fair/foul and if a player trapped a ball while making a catch.  So, even if they had expanded replay now, Infante would still be safe and the Yankees would still have lost 3-0 instead of 1-0.

Now with a day off on Monday for travel, the Tigers can rest and prepare to take an almost insurmountable 3-0 series lead with Justin Verlander on the mound at home in front of what should be a very energized and excited crowd.

 

 

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