2006 Playoffs Redux: ALCS Game 5

Sunday October 15, 2006
Comerica Park

Late Run Lifts Tigers on a Rainy Night, Series Returns to Metrodome

It took more than 71 minutes, but the Tigers finally pushed the eventual game-winning run across the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The inning began with a walk issued to Marcus Thames by Juan Rincon and a light sprinkle from the sky. Rincon went on to strikeout Brandon Inge, but allowed Thames to advance to second on a wild pitch thrown in the first pitch of Omar Infante’s at bat. Infante reached on in infield single, pushing Thames to third, as the rain began to itensify. Before Curtis Granderson could step into the box, the teams were called into the respective dugouts for what turned out to be a 71-minute rain delay.

To just about everybody’s surprise, Ron Gardenhire sent Rincon back out to pitch when play was resumed. He promply allowed a line-drive single to left field that scored Thames and gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

After a ground-ball double play got the Twins out of the eighth with no further damage, they had an excellent chance to tie the game in the ninth. With Jamie Walker on the hill and one out, Torii Hunter reached with a single. Pinch-hitter Mike Redmond followed with a single of his own, a line drive to shallow center field. Without hesitating, Hunter sped around second trying for third, but was thrown out be a significant margin when Granderson threw a strike to Inge. It was a gamble that did not pay off, and Walker recorded the final out with a strikeout of Luis Rodriguez.

Johan Santana pitched well, allowing just two runs on three hits over seven innings pitched, but earned a no-decision. He struck out nine Tigers.

The series will shift back to the Metrodome with the Twins still needing just one win out of two games to secure a trip to the World Series.

Box and Play-by-play below the fold.

10/15/2006, Min06-Det06, Comerica Park

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2006 Minnesota         0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     2  8  0     6  2
2006 Detroit           0  2  0  0  0  0  0  1  x     3  5  0     2  1

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Castillo          2b  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .273    2  3  0  0
Punto             3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .263    1  1  0  0
Mauer             c   4  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .350   10  0  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  4  1  2  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .294    1  0  0  0
Morneau           1b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    6  0  0  0
Hunter            cf  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    0  0  0  0
White             lf  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .154    4  0  0  0
 Tyner            ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
 Redmond          ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
 Ford             pr  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Nevin             dh  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    0  0  0  0
 Rodriguez        ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Bartlett          ss  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .059    0  1  0  0
Santana           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Rincon           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     32  2  8  2  2  0  0  3  3  0  0  0  0  0  0         24  5  0  0

Detroit              AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Granderson        cf  3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  .118    3  1  0  0
Monroe            dh  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .150    0  0  0  0
Polanco           2b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .300    1  5  0  0
Ordonez           rf  3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .263    0  0  0  0
Guillen           1b  3  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200   14  1  0  0
Rodriguez         c   3  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    5  0  0  0
Thames            lf  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .222    1  1  0  0
Inge              3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  5  0  0
Infante           ss  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    1  5  0  0
Robertson         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Rodney           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Jones            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Walker           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
                     27  3  5  3  1  0  0  1 10  0  0  0  1  0  0         27 19  0  0

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Santana                          7.0  3  2  2  0  9  90  65   24  0  0  1  0  1  3.86
Rincon           L 1-1           1.0  2  1  1  1  1  25  15    5  0  0  0  1  1  2.25
                                 8.0  5  3  3  1 10 115  80   29  0  0  1  1  2 

Detroit                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Robertson                        6.0  3  1  1  3  1  90  56   23  0  0  0  0  1  3.00
Rodney           H 3             1.2  2  1  1  0  1  29  22    7  0  0  0  0  0  4.15
Jones            BS 2, W 1-1     0.1  1  0  0  0  0   1   1    1  0  0  0  0  0  2.25
Walker           S 1             1.0  2  0  0  0  1  11   8    4  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0  8  2  2  3  3 131  87   35  0  0  0  0  1 

Min: Tyner batted for White in the 7th
     Tyner moved to lf in the 7th
     Redmond batted for Tyner in the 9th
     Rodriguez batted for Nevin in the 9th
     Ford ran for Redmond in the 9th

GWRBI: Granderson
Todd Jones was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 60, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: in from left at 7 MPH, 
Rain Delays: 71 minutes.
10/15/2006, Min06-Det06, Comerica Park
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Minnesota batting
 0-0  0 --- 22  Castillo grounded out to the mound (BFBFX)
 0-0  1 --- 22  Punto grounded out to short (SFBFFFFBX)
 0-0  2 --- 00  Mauer grounded out to second (X)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Detroit batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Granderson flied out to right (X)
 0-0  1 --- 01  Monroe flied out to left (FX)
 0-0  2 --- 12  Polanco struck out (CSBS)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Minnesota batting
 0-0  0 --- 31  Cuddyer grounded a double down the third base line (BBSBX)
 0-0  0 -2- 01  Morneau grounded out to first, Cuddyer to third (CX)
 0-0  1 --3 30  Hunter walked (BBBB)
 0-0  1 1-3 32  White walked, Hunter to second (CBFBBFFB)
 0-0  1 123 00  Nevin grounded to second, forcing White at second, 
                  Cuddyer scored, Hunter to third, Nevin to first (X)
 1-0  2 1-3 11  Bartlett grounded out to second (BSX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Detroit batting
 1-0  0 --- 11  Ordonez lined a single down the right field line (BFX)
 1-0  0 1-- 00  Guillen lined a double to left center, Ordonez to third 
                  (X)
 1-0  0 -23 12  Rodriguez grounded a single up the middle, Ordonez 
                  scored, Guillen scored (SCBX)
 1-2  0 1-- 00  Thames popped out to first (X)
 1-2  1 1-- 02  Inge struck out (CSS)
 1-2  2 1-- 12  Infante struck out (BSCFS)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Minnesota batting
 1-2  0 --- 11  Castillo grounded out to second (BSX)
 1-2  1 --- 22  Punto grounded out to short (CFBBX)
 1-2  2 --- 11  Mauer flied out to center (CBX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Detroit batting
 1-2  0 --- 22  Granderson was hit by a pitch (BBCFFH)
 1-2  0 1-- 22  Monroe flied out to left (BCFFBX)
 1-2  1 1-- 32  Polanco grounded into a double play, Bartlett to Castillo 
                  to Morneau (Bp>FFBBX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Minnesota batting
 1-2  0 --- 00  Cuddyer flied out to left (X)
 1-2  1 --- 32  Morneau grounded out to first (BCFFBFBFX)
 1-2  2 --- 22  Hunter flied out to center (CFBBX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Detroit batting
 1-2  0 --- 12  Ordonez lined out to third (FFBX)
 1-2  1 --- 11  Guillen flied out to left (BFX)
 1-2  2 --- 12  Rodriguez lined out to first (CBCFFX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Minnesota batting
 1-2  0 --- 00  White lined a single to right (X)
 1-2  0 1-- 21  Nevin grounded into a double play, Infante to Polanco to 
                  Guillen (BCBX)
 1-2  2 --- 02  Bartlett grounded out to short (FFX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Detroit batting
 1-2  0 --- 12  Thames struck out (CBCS)
 1-2  1 --- 22  Inge struck out (BFSBS)
 1-2  2 --- 12  Infante struck out (SSBC)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Minnesota batting
 1-2  0 --- 00  Castillo flied out to center (X)
 1-2  1 --- 31  Punto walked (BBSBB)
 1-2  1 1-- 22  Mauer grounded a single between first and second, Punto 
                  to third (FBCBFX)
 1-2  1 1-3 11  Cuddyer grounded to third, Punto out at home, Mauer to 
                  second, Cuddyer to first (BCX)
 1-2  2 12- 02  Morneau struck out (CFS)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Detroit batting
 1-2  0 --- 12  Granderson struck out (BCSS)
 1-2  1 --- 12  Monroe flied out to left (BSSX)
 1-2  2 --- 00  Polanco popped out to first (X)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Minnesota batting
                Rodney now pitching
 1-2  0 --- 01  Hunter grounded out to third (CX)
                Tyner pinch hitting for White
 1-2  1 --- 00  Tyner grounded out to third (X)
 1-2  2 --- 12  Nevin grounded out to third (SBSX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Detroit batting
                Tyner moved to left field
 1-2  0 --- 02  Ordonez grounded out to second (CFX)
 1-2  1 --- 22  Guillen struck out (BCCBS)
 1-2  2 --- 22  Rodriguez struck out (CBBSC)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Minnesota batting
 1-2  0 --- 32  Bartlett grounded out to third (BBBCSX)
 1-2  1 --- 12  Castillo lined a single to right (CBSFX)
 1-2  1 1-- 02  Punto struck out (SSS)
 1-2  2 1-- 22  Mauer grounded a single up the middle, Castillo to second 
                  (SFFFBFBX)
                Jones now pitching
 1-2  2 12- 00  Cuddyer grounded a double down the third base line, 
                  Castillo scored, Mauer out at home (X)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Detroit batting
                Rincon now pitching
 2-2  0 --- 32  Thames walked (BBCSBB)
 2-2  0 1-- 22  Inge struck out (CFBBS)
 2-2  1 1-- 00  Rincon threw a wild pitch, Thames to second (B)
 2-2  1 -2- 20  Infante reached on an infield single to second, Thames to 
                  third (B.BX)
                Game delayed by rain for 71 minutes
                Jones left the game after a rain delay
 2-2  1 1-3 22  Granderson lined a single to shallow left, Thames scored, 
                  Infante to second (BCFFFFBX)
 2-3  1 12- 02  Monroe grounded into a double play, Punto to Castillo to 
                  Morneau (CFX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Minnesota batting
                Walker now pitching
 2-3  0 --- 12  Morneau grounded out to first (BSFX)
 2-3  1 --- 10  Hunter grounded a single between third and short (BX)
                Redmond pinch hitting for Tyner
 2-3  1 1-- 00  Redmond lined a single to shallow center, Hunter out at 
                  third (>X)
                Rodriguez pinch hitting for Nevin
                Ford pinch running for Redmond
 2-3  2 1-- 12  Rodriguez struck out (SFBS)
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