ALCS Game 4: Tim McCarver’s Elimination Game

Before game 4 of the ALCS, the lovely and informative Timmy McCarver stated that whoever won the game would win the series.

Funny, since the game just ended and we’re still going to have at least 1 more game. We thank him for his genius and bow at his knowledge of America’s Pastime and basic mathematics.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know what he meant, but that doesn’t negate the stupidity of the statement. I guess we shouldn’t ever be shocked when anything unintelligent comes out of his mouth, but it’s fun to make fun of someone who has made more money being droll than I ever will no matter how smart or snarky I am.

Anyway, onto the commentary of the Fourth game (elimination!) of the series.

Rick Porcello. Wow.

Now, I didn’t expect a bad start out of him at all, but I didn’t expect dominance. But that is exactly what he did through five innings.

The sixth inning was different. After getting 7 groundouts and 6 strikeouts in the first 5 innings, his slider lost its sharpness and the Rangers tallied 3 runs in the 6th. (He started to lose his stuff in the fifth, but

Down 3-2, the Tiger entered the bottom of the sixth against deathmachine, Alexi Ogando. This is where I pick up my in-game commentary.

Bottom of the Sixth

Ogando throws 6 straight fastballs to Miggy. 3-2 count then walked him on a slider.

V-Mart up. I don’t care if you break all the ribs in your left side; get a hit for pete’s sake.

Victor is 1-11 in the series. Sheesh. Make it 2-12. At least his swings look good.

Popped it up. !$#^#%&@^@!%%$###%^^&& Come on Elmon.

Swung and missed at the slider down and away. 0-1

Swung and missed at the slider down and away. 0-2

Swung and missed at the slider down and away. 0-3

That helped about as much as life vests on the Titantic.

Avila up. I feel so bad for this kid. It hurts to look at him. But he needs to get a hit.

Flied out right to Murphy.

Top of the Seventh

(I ramble here, didn’t feel like cutting anything out because it symbolizes the painful inning)

Rick back out there. If he gives up a home run I’m going to punch Leyland in the face.

A-Jax caught Napoli’s fly in the deepest part of the ballpark.

I’m making a Jim Schwartz fist pump aimed at Leyland’s face.

But then Cruz bounced out on a “cut” fastball. I’m going to have to look into this.

David Murphy up. Not a fan of him today.

I should mention that Rick is keeping the ball really low this inning. That’s what he needs to do.

2-2 count on Murphy. All low.

Infield single. God.

I would actually keep him in here. He’s throwing well this inning and got through Napoli and Cruz.

Slider’s back. That wasn’t a pitch for him in the 5th and 6th.

0-2 on Yavorbit Torre Alba.

God a base hit. The pitch was up, now it’s 1st and 3rd. Leyland comes out to take Rick out. Al Al in. I’m in pain. P-A-I-N.

3-0 on Kinsler. If they blow this open right here, I swear, Im gunna agree with Tim McCarver. Ryan Perry in the pen. Might as well be Rick Perry. Neither one could get an out.

Walked him on 4 pitches.

Ball one. Ball two.

Finally a strike. 2-1. WE need this batter, Al Al. Get the out.

2-2. Come on!

Yes! Bouncer to Santiago! I can’t even come up with clever puns I’m so rattled.

Here’s one, great pitch for a pitcher who may or may not exist.

Bottom of the Seventh

Ogando to face Peralta, Santiago, and Inge.

3-2 phitch tho Jhonny ihs ah dheep fhly bhall tho Chruz. Ohne ohut.

Struck out Santiago. Was a good at bat at least.

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3 to 3

That was the Ingiest Inge Ive ever Inged Inge all my life.

Finally. Seriously. Brandon Inge is the most dynamic player in Detroit Sports. He is loved, hated, loved, hated, sent to the minors, brought back up to face lefties, then faces a righty in Ogando and homers.

Amazing. Give him an Inge and he gives you a homer.

Im not sure what happened but Inge got a curtain call and Ajax got out.

Top of the Eighth

Benoit in. I feel a bit better.

Two quick outs and the crowd is back in the game.

Inge is a third floating on his Ingeness.

Benoit struck out Beltre. Ah my godd.

Bottom of the Eighth

 Everybody on twitter is trying to call a Miggy home run.

3-1 on Raburn. RABURN not RAYBURN as it’s LEYLAND not LELAND

Alas, he grounds out. Now Miggy’s up to hit that home run.

Nevermind. They just intentionally walked him with the bases empty. Poop on you Texas. Poop on you.

Base hit! 1st and 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now for Elmon to hit into a double play.

Swing and a miss on another ball just like in the 6th. Gawd.

Oh my gawd. He hit into the double play because Gene Lamont needs to die immediately (Theoretically, it was the right decision, but I have to blame someone for it not working). Young flied to Cruz in shallow right and he threw a perfect one hop strike to Napoli, who readied himself to get hit by a raging bull in Miggy. Held onto the ball.

This is the reason I sometimes like the Tigers not being in the playoffs. No October ulcers.

Top of the Ninth

Benoit back in. I do love this guy.

The old adage goes, make a great defensive play, and lead off the next inning. Enter Mike Napoli. (Nelson Cruz on deck, do figure.) Napoli is taking his sweet caroline time though.

9 pitch at bat to the I-Tal-I-An. Finally bounces out.

How does Nelson Cruz bat 7th? Riddle me that. At least he didn’t homer.

Struck out Murphy. Benoit is a gawdsend.

Yor Veet Torre Elba.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Cruz just messed up.

Bottom of the Ninth (I give the Tigers two innings to win this)

Deep breath. Big guys coming up. This is it.

Alex Avila does what he does best. One out.

Jhonny mhakes ahn ohut. Thwo Ohut.

It’s harder for Santiago to strike out than a guy walking into the now impounded Detroit Party Bus.

Still flies out to center.

Extra Innings! Just what my stress level ordered!

Extra Innings to come in another post

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