Game 2 was a reminder that, despite all the no-hit bids and strikeout totals, the Boston Red Sox are very good at hitting. The Detroit Tigers could taste a 2-0 series lead — up by four runs with four outs to go — but David Ortiz did David Ortiz things and now we’re in a completely different place.
Pretty much every Tigers fan would have taken the split in Boston if offered before the series began — so the team isn’t really in a horrible spot here — but the way in which the split came about was so, so unsatisfying. Still, Detroit has to like their still-real starting pitching advantage and, no matter how questionable it is, the bullpen isn’t going to give up leads like that very often. We knew this series was going to be a dog fight, and it has become just that.
ALCS Game 3: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox – 4:00 PM ET
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
TV: FOX (Joe Buck, Tim McCarver)
Radio: 97.1 FM in Detroit (click for affiliates)
Weather Forecast: 65 degrees, cloudy.
Game 2 Recap:
Probable Lineups and Starting Pitchers:
- 1. Austin Jackson, CF (R)
- 2. Torii Hunter, RF (R)
- 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (R)
- 4. Prince Fielder, 1B (L)
- 5. Victor Martinez, DH (S)
- 6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (R)
- 7. Alex Avila, C (L)
- 8. Omar Infante, 2B (R)
- 9. Andy Dirks, LF (L)
- SP. Justin Verlander, RHP
Boston Red Sox