The American League Championship Series (ALCS) is going back to Texas as the Detroit Tigers managed to delay the Texas Ranger‘s return to the World Series as they won 7-4 at Comerica Park. Here are some interesting stats for Game 5 of the 2011 ALCS:
Game 5 by the numbers:
133 – is the number of pitches thrown by leading Cy Young award candidate Justin Verlander. It is 2 shy from Jack Morris‘ Tiger’s postseason record he set in Game 1 of the 1984 World Series. The last time a player made 133 pitches in the playoffs was in 2003 NLCS with Mark Prior throwing 133 pitches for the Cubs.
3 – is the number of consecutive postseason appearance that Texas reliever Koji Uehara conceded a home run. He is the first player ever to do so.
5- is the number of home runs that Nelson Cruz have in the series. It is a league championship series record.
100 – is the speed of Verlander’s last pitch in the game in miles per hour. It was hit by Cruz to a home run.
Other memorable stuff in game 5:
The lucky bounce- With score tied 2-2 with a runner at first and no outs, Miguel Cabrera hit a ball to third that could be an easy double play but the ball bounced into the bag over the head of 3B Adrian Beltre for a double.
The team cycle – in the sixth inning, Rayburn had a single followed by Cabrera’s double, Martinez had a triple before Delmon Young made his 5th home run of the postseason. It is first time in the postseason history that 4 consecutive batters hit a team cycle.
Phil Coke made his first save in the postseason. It was a rest day for the Tiger’s 8th-9th inning combo Valverde and Benoit.
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- Tigers claw back into the ALCS with win over Rangers – USA Today (news.google.com)
- Verlander charged with helping Tigers extend ALCS (cbc.ca)