The Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Yankees at home in sold out Yankees Stadium, 3-2, in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
Two first inning, back-to-back, solo home runs sealed the fate of the pinstripes care of Don Kelly and Delmon Young. The Yankees were down from the beginning and could never overcome the offense and pitching of the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees gave it their best effort, even pitching their top arm CC Sabathia as a reliever for the first time in his career. The Tigers did not follow suit. They kept with their winning game plan and saved their ace Justin Verlander.
The Yankees were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and they left 11 runners on base. New York ended two stressful innings with the bases loaded and outs to spare. They chose not bunt in their runs but to swing for the fences in true Yankee fashion. Only one run was scored in those situations.
The game's highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez went 0-4 with three strikeouts and left 3 runners on base in the game. His last strike out ended the game as it did in last year's final Yankee playoff game. Even with the deep wallet of the Bronx Bombers, I guess it's true what they say, money can't buy you everything - at least this year.