"History once held that no baseball team had ever been down three games to none in the playoffs and come back to win—before the Boston Red Sox in 2004."
South Windsor, CT (PRWEB) October 16, 2013
The Boston Red Sox have taken the lead against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS with their 1-0 victory in Game 3 last night. A homer by Boston’s Mike Napoli was the only run in the match-up, giving the Red Sox the 2-1 edge in the series. Fans are on the edge of their seats for which team will take the ALCS Game 4. Catch the action live with tickets from Ticket Liquidator.
After record-setting strikeouts by Tigers pitcher Aníbal Sánchez and a lone run by Detroit in Game 1, the Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit in Game 2. David Ortiz knocked out a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning. Red Sox closer Koji Uehara kept the Tigers scoreless in the ninth, and a single off Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave Boston a 6-5 walk-off victory, tying the ALCS.
In Game 3, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander superbly stepped up to the plate, shutting out the Red Sox for four innings, while only allowing four hits in eight innings and striking out 10. With six career postseason games with 10 or more strikeouts, Verlander now has the most in baseball history. Despite a stellar performance, Verlander was not able to stop Boston’s Mike Napoli from knocking out a homer for the only run in Game 3 of the ALC, giving the Red Sox the win at 1-0.
Boston pitcher John Lackey threw six scoreless innings, striking out a personal, post-season best of eight. The Red Sox defense was clutch in the game. Detroit was held to four hits, with no runs. In the eighth, Junichi Tawaza struck out top-hitter Miguel Cabrera, with Torii Hunter and Austen Jackson on base.
“That was huge,” catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Tazawa’s strikeout, according to NESN. “Cabrera is such a great hitter. One out, that’s a situation where he drives that. When he gets into situations where he can get an RBI, it’s tough to get him out, let alone strike him out. [Tazawa] did a great job of pumping the fastballs away and he’s so sneaky with that 94, 95 [mph] that it’s tough to hit.”
Koji Uehara wrapped up the game by keeping Tigers’ Prince Fielder from scoring off a double play and striking out Alex Avila.
In eight, playoff games, the Tigers have scored 23 runs, remaining scoreless in 61 of 71 innings. Game 4 is thought to be a “must-win” game for Detroit. History once held that no baseball team had ever been down three games to none in the playoffs and come back to win—before the Boston Red Sox in 2004.
A single run has decided all three ALCS games between the Tigers and the Red Sox. The Sox have been held to eight runs, while the Tigers have seven. While limited to 13 hits and leading in only four of the 27 innings played in the three games of the ALCS, the Boston Red Sox have managed to swing the odds in their favor.
“These games, they’re no jokes,” said Boston’s David Ortiz, according to NY Daily News. “I’ve been in a lot of playoffs and this pitching, 1-0 scores, it’s impressive.”
Detroit is putting Doug Fister on the mound for Game 4. The last time Fister faced the Red Sox, he managed to shut out Boston for seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win. The Red Sox will start Jake Peavy.
Boston Red Sox take on the Tigers once again at 8:07 p.m. EST tonight Game 4 takes place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.
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