The Detroit Tigers are still alive after staving off elimination in Game 5 of the ALCS, preventing the Texas Rangers from booking a World Series ticket, at least for the moment. The Rangers still hold a 3-2 series advantage, and now head back to Texas with two chances to close out the ALCS and earn a trip back to the World Series for the second-straight year.
Over at Bless You Boys, the mood following the game was optimistic. A Game 5 win kept the Tigers alive, and gives them a chance as the series heads back to Texas.
With their backs to the wall, the Tigers responded. Maybe it isn't too little, too late. Sure the odds are still long, but rallying back to win a series you trail 3-1 has been done before. Hey, even the 1968 World Series winning Tigers had to do that. But they won. So why not, right?
Maybe the real key play was having no rain delay. Detroit's lost 4 games this post season, and 3 came after a game delayed (or suspended) by rain. Let's hope it's dry in Texas.
No rain, an outburst by the Tigers' bats in the sixth and a glimmer of hope for Detroit. Not a bad evening for Tigers' fans.
The Rangers and Tigers are off on Friday before getting back at it on Saturday in Game 6 of the ALCS.