MLB Playoffs: Tigers Sweep Yanks to Reach World Series...Cards Take Control of NLCS 10/19/12
Associated Press (AP)
The Tigers are headed to their first World Series in six years following last night's 8-1 pounding in the Yankees that completed a four-game ALCS sweep. It will be Detroit's 11th appearance in the Fall Classic.
Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta belted two-run homers off New York ace CC Sabathia in the fourth inning to get things rolling. Sabathia was charged with six runs in three and two-thirds innings of work.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer lost a no-hit bid in the sixth inning. He struck out 10 in his five and two-thirds innings. Scherzer and three relievers combined on a two-hitter.
The Yankees exit the 2012 postseason having batted an anemic .188 overall. They scored in just three of the 39 innings in the ALCS and were outhit by Detroit 46-22.
The Tigers will get some rest before the World Series, which opens Wednesday night in either St. Louis or San Francisco.
The Cardinals are a win away from a return trip to the Fall Classic. The defending champions beat visiting San Francisco 8-3 to grab a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NLCS.
Adam Wainwright gave up a run and four hits over seven innings and combined with Fernando Salas on a six-hitter.
Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece to lead a 12-hit outburst by a team that batted just .198 through the first three games of the series.
The Cardinals roughed up Tim Lincecum, who left after four and two-third innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
The Cards will send out 18-game winner Lance Lynn to the mound tonight in hopes of clinching in front of a home crowd. The Giants are going with Barry Zito, who was 15-8 in the regular season.