Tigers first on the board with 2 runs in 6th

Boy, that got out of hand in a hurry. Well, almost.

When Austin Jackson led off the sixth inning, this ALCS opener was still scoreless. But Jackson zipped a hot grounder down the right-field line that bounced off a jutting box, and he made third base without a throw. Omar Infante followed with a fly ball to right field, not deep enough for Jackson to go for home.

Not so early in the inning, anyway, especially with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder looming.

Pettitte passed Cabrera on purpose, because Cabrera's the best right-handed hitter in the league and Fielder's a left-handed hitter.

That didn't work so well, because Fielder drove a single into center field to score Jackson with the game's first run. Delmon Young followed that up by dumping a single into right, with Cabrera scoring. And Pettitte made matters worse by walking Jhonny Peralta to load the bases.

That brought up rookie Avisail García, who took a big rip at the first pitch and popped the ball high into the Bronx sky. Eventually it dropped into Robinson Canó's glove, and the Yankees were still very much in the game.

Heading to the bottom of the sixth, it's now Tigers 2, Yankees 0.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.