Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening. Good night.
This is what the Detroit Tigers told the New York Yankees on the way to a four game sweep in their 2012 AL Championship Series. Detroit put the finishing touches on their work with an 8-1 blowout victory on Thursday.
Good morning was game one played in New York. The Tigers won that one 6-4 in 12 innings. Detroit went ahead 4-0 before the Yankees rallied with four runs in the ninth to tie. It would be the most runs New York scored in the entire series. The Tigers said, ‘Alright, we took your best shot,’ then scored two to win it.
Good afternoon was game two. The Yankees were shut out in this one, 3-0. Detroit did not exactly crush New York, but got enough runs to win. Tigers pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Phil Coke combined to keep Yankees bats silent.
After two games New York was in such dire straits that manager Joe Girardi benched All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Girardi thought about starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia on three days rest, but changed his mind.
In October, darkness comes early. It usually arrives at 6:00 p.m. and moves up day by day. When Justin Verlander pitches for Detroit, darkness always arrives early for the opposition. Game three was no different.
Verlander said good evening by giving New York one run on five hits in 8 1/3 innings. He threw 132 pitches and wanted to put the Yankees lights out himself. Instead it was Coke who finished off New York. The Tigers stood one game away from closing the door.
Good night came quickly. Detroit sent Sabathia to the showers early in game four. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Johnny Peralta hit bombs off of him to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead in the fourth. Austin Jackson and Peralta added two more homers as Detroit cruised 8-1.
The Tigers did what the Baltimore Orioles should have done to the Yankees in the AL Divisional Series. They kept a team that wasn’t hitting down and never gave them a chance. Detroit pitchers held New York to six runs. The Yankees were never really in the series.
Detroit is the first team to sweep New York in the post season in 32 years. The Kansas City Royals swept the Yankees in a three game ALCS in 1980. The last time New York was swept in four games was by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1976 World Series.
The 2012 ALCS is over. The Tigers are going to the World Series while the Yankees head home.