It’s true what they say about the MLB in October — it’s where legends are born. The 2012 divisional series’ were a testament to the saying. With every series going the distance the stage was set for some remarkable finishes.
Out in Oakland, the A’s welcomed the Detroit Tigers in to the O.co Coliseum with expectations to do great things, while Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander had other plans in mind. Verlander, who is known to pitch a complete game from time to time, took the mound last Thursday and manager Jim Leyland said he could see it in Verlander’s eyes. Even Prince Fielder said he could tell Verlander was not going to come out of the game. The Tigers ace did not disappoint as he went the full nine innings to shut out the A’s, giving up just four hits. The 122-pitch masterpiece retired 11 batters via strike out and sent the Tigers to the ALCS where they took a 2 game lead against the Yankees. The series is headed to Detroit for games 3-5 at Comerica Park.
On the other side of the American League the Yankees – Orioles series was just as intense. Games three and four both found their way into extra innings and were decided by one run. Game 5 left the Orioles hanging their hats for the season as the Yankees outscored them 3-1.
After Werth’s walk-off jack in Game 4 to extend the series, expectations for a dramatic Game 5 in Washington were surpassed by the unexpected. If you were a Nationals fan, the first three innings left you with a great feeling. If you’re a Cardinals fan and stopped watching the Washington Nationals demolish the St. Louis Cardinals after the 6th inning you probably found yourself at a loss for words upon seeing the final score. After blasting the ball out of the stadium three times to take a 6 to nothing lead the Nationals were sitting pretty going into the final innings of the game. What they did not count on is an extremely experienced Cardinals team to come back with four unanswered runs in the ninth. After Descalso’s 2-RBI single to tie the game all was in line for that moment every kid acts out in their backyard. It’s the ninth inning, there are two outs and the game is tied. The TicketCity Play of the Week comes from the batter that stepped into box for the most cliché scenario in baseball. With runners on second and third the Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma rips the 2-2 pitch down the right field line knocking in the game-winning runs.
The Cardinals advanced to the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants where they have a one game lead at ATT Park. Games 3-5 will take the series to Busch Stadium in St. Louis after tonight’s Game 2.