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Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:37 pm
 
Holland

By Evan Brunell


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derek Holland didn't get the game off to a very good start for the Rangers, with an amped-up crowd being stunned into silence when Miguel Cabrera went opposite-field in the first inning to put Detroit up 1-0 on a solo blast.

That hit was Cabrera's 13th straight in a LCS game in what is also his 13th career LCS game, so he's tied Greg Luzinski for the record to start an LCS career. Holland seemed cautious in the beginning to challenge hitters, leaving a fastball away right there for Cabrera to muscle up. In the second inning, Johnny Peralta also took an away fastball from Holland and deposited it in the left-field seats to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead and seemingly take the crowd out of the game before it even really started.

Lucky for Texas that Max Scherzer completely imploded, then. Scherzer was inconsistent to start the game but was pitching out of trouble... until the third inning. The righty induced Ian Kinsler into a grounder to start the inning, also the last out he would record in the game. The rest of his outing went as such: Four-pitch walk to Elvis Andrus (!?), single, double, single, walk, walk. Scherzer then departed the game with the bases loaded and three runs in, giving lefty Daniel Schlereth the honor of his first LCS appearance coming with the bases juiced. He couldn't come through, coughing up a two-run single to David Murphy and making the score 5-2, all runs debited to Scherzer.

Manager Jim Leyland quickly moved on from Schlereth, moving on to Rick Porcello to stem the bleeding. But Porcello couldn't, and Scherzer's outing concluded having given up six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out just one, allowing five hits. All in all, horrible. Horrible, horrible. And the Rangers just wouldn't stop, racking up a 9-2 score by inning's end.

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Comments

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 1:53 am
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

Well so much for what I was hoping would be a 1968 World Series rematch. The Rangers are truly a mean hitting machine in their home park. Whoever wins for the National League had better thank the National League all Stars for winning the Al Star game to give the Senior Circuit home field advantage; it seems like they will need it!



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:12 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

It certainly would not matter now.  Those thing have a way of working themselves out.  All you Ranger fans should be happy, go beyond last year!  It was a great series and the best team advanced, congratulations.  We are proud the Tigers beat the Yankee's.  We still have the undefeated Lions (sorry Dallas) and the Red Wings to cheer on.  Go make the American League proud......peace out



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

Trade Romo for Stafford right now and give you 8 runs in this game !! Any takers!!!




Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

YOU STILL GOT THE LIONS. CHEER THEM ON!!




Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

The Rangers cannot be stopped.  Please cut the power to the stadium so the Tigers can leave the field.  Best of luck to the Rangers in the World Series, no hate, alot of respect.  Congratulations Tigers for knocking off the Yankees and extending the season.



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

What about thes last six runs ! Would it matter now!!! Go play hockey or basketball or whatever!!



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

Did you look at the replay of the blown call at second base?  Are you sure you watched Cruz as the bat came around?  One of them maybe, but not both.  This game should be a lot closer.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

I'm not sure what game you saw but in slow motion replay he didn't go around. Tough call very close but it was the correct call.




Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Holland rattled to start, but Scherzer implodes

Wow! A couple of questionable calls and the game is upside down.  I can understand the ball hitting the bag or the home run going just foul, but this is ridiculous.  How can the ump on first base not see that Cruz did not check his swing?  A blown call at second base was soon to follow.  The Rangers are a great team, but they should have had a three or four run inning, not 9.  Can't really hate these Rangers, not much of a rivalry, too much respect both ways.  The game goes on, we only remember the winners.  Let 'em play


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