Tigers' arms once again dominated the Yankees' bats in finishing off a four-game sweep of a one-sided American League Championship Series with an 8-1 victory Thursday at Comerica Park, sending Detroit to the World Series for the first time since 2006. Max Scherzer didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning and combined with three relievers on a two-hitter as Detroit became the first team to broom the Yankees out of playoffs since 1980.
The Tigers pounded out 16 hits and teed off on New York ace CC Sabathia, with Jhonny Peralta slugging a pair of homers and knocking in three runs and AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson also going deep in the rout.
Tiger’s outfielder Delmon Young was named Most Valuable Player of the ALCS after becoming the first player in postseason history to record a game-winning RBI in four consecutive games, chipping in yesterday with a run-scoring single in the first inning. For the series, Young batted .353, going 6-for-17 with two homers and six RBI’s.
Detroit’s starting pitchers have now compiled a stingy 1.02 ERA and limited opponents to a.162 batting average over their nine game postseason run. So the Tigers now await the winner of the NLCS between the Giants and the Cardinals with the World Series scheduled to begin next Wednesday in the ballpark of the National League pennant winner. St. Louis has the edge to advance following the Cardinal’s 8-to-3 victory last night over San Francisco, giving them a three games to one lead with Game Five tonight, again in St. Louis.