Game 4 goes extrasDETROIT (AP) — Delmon Young hit a tying home run off San Francisco’s Matt Cain in the sixth, and the Tigers and Giants were tied 3-3 after nine innings Sunday night as Detroit tried to avoid a four-game World Series sweep.
By: Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun
DETROIT (AP) — Delmon Young hit a tying home run off San Francisco’s Matt Cain in the sixth, and the Tigers and Giants were tied 3-3 after nine innings Sunday night as Detroit tried to avoid a four-game World Series sweep.
AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and San Francisco’s Buster Posey homered, marking the first time both reigning batting champions went deep in the same Series game.
San Francisco’s Brandon Belt hit an RBI triple off the right-field wall in the second inning following a ground-rule double by Hunter Pence. But on a night when the wind was gusting to right field at up to 25 mph, Cabrera put Detroit ahead for the first time in the Series with a wild-blown, two-run drive in the third.
Cabrera’s drive, on an 86 mph breaking ball, sailed over Pence, who thought he would catch it but ran out of room in front of the right-field wall on the cool, blustery night. It drove in Austin Jackson, who had walked with one out, and ended Detroit’s 20-inning scoreless streak in their struggling World Series.
San Francisco, trying to finish off its second title in three years, had not trailed since losing Game 4 of the NL championship series, when the Giants fell into a 3-1 series deficit against St. Louis.
With a light rain falling, Marco Scutaro reached on a chopper to third leading off the sixth and, one out later, Max Scherzer hung an 82 mph breaking ball. Posey drove it down the left-field line, where it stayed a few feet fair and landed a couple of rows over the wall for a 3-2 lead.
That advantage didn’t last long. Young sent an opposite-field, no-doubt drive into the right-field stands in the bottom half, setting off cheers among the crowd of 42,152, with many fans waving white rally towels.
Andy Dirks followed with a single and Jhonny Peralta hit a drive that Gregor Blanco caught against the wall in left.
After watching Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong each allow one run or none in the first three games, Cain gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
Scherzer, pitching on nine days’ rest, gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out eight and walked none. After he left with a runner on second and one out in the seventh, lefty Drew Smyly retired Brandon Crawford on a flyout and righty Octavio Dotel induced a groundout from Angel Pagan.
Smyly, Dotel and Phil Coke combined for 2 2-3 innings of hitless relief. Jeremy Affeldt followed Cain and struck out four in a row before Peralta hit a ninth-inning drive to center that the wind carried and was caught by Pagan on the warning track
Santiago Casilla relieved and hit Omar Infante on the left hand with a pitch. Danny Worth ran for Infante and Gerald Laird hit into a forceout.
San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval was 1 for 4, dropping his Series average to .533 (8 for 15). He also made a nimble play to throw out Quintin Berry on a bunt to third.
Detroit’s Prince Fielder was hitless in four at-bats, dropping to 1 for 14 in the World Series (.071) and 1 for 25 (.040) against right-handers in the postseason.
Of the 23 previous teams to take 3-0 leads, 20 swept the Series and three won in five games.
Detroit has lost six straight postseason games. If the Tigers forced a Game 5, ace Justin Verlander would start Monday night and Zito would take the mound for San Francisco. Zito led the Giants over Verlander 8-3 in the opener.
On a 44-degree night, fans bundled up at Comerica Park and some players wore caps with earflaps during batting practice.
Detroit scratched catcher Alex Avila, playing with a sore right arm since he was hit by a foul tip in the opener, and replaced him with Laird. Infante moved up to eighth in the batting order.
San Francisco started Ryan Theriot at designated hitter instead of Hector Sanchez.
NOTES: Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, attended the game.