2006 Playoffs Redux: ALCS Game 6

Tuesday October 17, 2006
Metrodome

Tigers defeat Liriano, Force Game 7

Magglio Ordonez and hit a two-run home run off of Liriano as part of a 4-2 Detroit win that forces a seventh game in the American League Championship Series.

Ordonez’ bomb came in the fourth inning with Placido Polanco on first thanks to a single. It was Polanco who had started the scoring when he doubled home Craig Monroe in the first inning.

The home run gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. They added an insurance run after Liriano left the game when Omar Infante homered to deep right center off of Matt Guerrier.

The lead held up despite a ninth-inning rally by the home team. Down by four, Joe Mauer lined a one-out double down the right field line. Two batters later Justin Morneau hit one over the baggie in right-center to cut the lead in half.

The pitch that ended up in the football seats was the final one thrown by Justin Verlander, who allowed just the two runs on seven hits in 8 2/3 innings pitched. He gave way for Todd Jones who got Torii Hunter to ground out to send the series to a seventh game.

Box and Play-by-play below the fold.

10/17/2006, Det06-Min06, Metrodome

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

Detroit              AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Granderson        cf  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    2  0  0  0
Monroe            dh  4  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    0  0  0  0
Polanco           2b  4  1  2  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    3  5  0  0
Ordonez           rf  3  1  2  2  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .318    2  0  0  0
Guillen           1b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .174   10  0  0  0
Rodriguez         c   4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .318    4  0  0  0
Thames            lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .154    1  0  0  0
 Gomez            lf  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
Inge              3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .211    2  2  0  0
Infante           ss  3  1  1  1  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .455    2  5  1  0
Verlander         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Jones            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     32  4  8  4  2  0  2  2 11  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 13  1  0

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Castillo          2b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .231    2  2  0  0
Punto             3b  4  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .261    0  2  0  0
Mauer             c   4  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333   11  0  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .238    0  0  0  0
Morneau           1b  4  1  2  2  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .292    8  1  0  0
Hunter            cf  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .208    3  0  0  0
White             lf  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .133    1  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
 Kubel            lf  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .300    0  0  0  0
Tyner             dh  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .400    0  0  0  0
Bartlett          ss  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .100    2  5  0  0
Liriano           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Guerrier         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Crain            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
                     33  2  7  2  2  0  1  0  4  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 12  0  0

Detroit                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Verlander        W 1-1           8.2  7  2  2  0  4 121  83   32  1  0  0  0  2  3.07
Jones            S 2             0.1  0  0  0  0  0   3   2    1  0  0  0  0  0  2.08
                                 9.0  7  2  2  0  4 124  85   33  1  0  0  0  2 

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Liriano          L 1-1           7.0  7  3  3  1 10 102  72   26  1  0  0  0  3  1.93
Guerrier                         1.0  1  1  1  0  0  11   8    4  1  0  0  0  0  1.69
Crain                            1.0  0  0  0  1  1  15   6    4  0  0  0  0  0  9.00
                                 9.0  8  4  4  2 11 128  86   34  2  0  0  0  3 

Det: Gomez inserted at lf in the 9th
Min: Rodriguez batted for White in the 7th
     Kubel inserted at lf in the 8th

GWRBI: Polanco
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.
10/17/2006, Det06-Min06, Metrodome
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Detroit batting
 0-0  0 --- 22  Granderson grounded out to short (BCFBX)
 0-0  1 --- 02  Monroe grounded a double down the third base line (CSX)
 0-0  1 -2- 12  Polanco grounded a double down the first base line,
                  Monroe scored (BCCX)
 1-0  1 -2- 32  Ordonez walked (BSBSBFB)
 1-0  1 12- 10  Guillen grounded into a double play, Castillo to Bartlett
                  to Morneau (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Minnesota batting
 1-0  0 --- 11  Castillo grounded out to the mound (BCX)
 1-0  1 --- 22  Punto doubled deep to left center (SBBFFFX)
 1-0  1 -2- 10  Mauer grounded out to second, Punto to third (BX)
 1-0  2 --3 02  Cuddyer flied out to left (FFX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Detroit batting
 1-0  0 --- 12  Rodriguez struck out (CSBS)
 1-0  1 --- 22  Thames struck out (BCCBFFS)
 1-0  2 --- 22  Inge struck out (CFBBFS)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Minnesota batting
 1-0  0 --- 02  Morneau lined a single to left (CFX)
 1-0  0 1-- 21  Hunter grounded into a double play, Polanco to Infante to
                  Guillen (BBCX)
 1-0  2 --- 22  White grounded out to third (CBFBX)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Detroit batting
 1-0  0 --- 12  Infante struck out (FBFC)
 1-0  1 --- 02  Granderson flied out to center (CCX)
 1-0  2 --- 12  Monroe struck out (CFFBS)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Minnesota batting
 1-0  0 --- 00  Tyner flied out to right (X)
 1-0  1 --- 10  Bartlett lined a single to shallow center (BX)
 1-0  1 1-- 22  Castillo grounded to third, forcing Bartlett at second,
                  Castillo to first (FBFBX)
 1-0  2 1-- 12  Castillo to second, Punto to first on an error by the
                  shortstop Infante (CBFFX)
 1-0  2 12- 10  Mauer grounded out to second (BX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Detroit batting
 1-0  0 --- 11  Polanco grounded a single up the middle (FBX)
 1-0  0 1-- 21  Ordonez homered deep to left center, Polanco scored (BCBX)
 3-0  0 --- 10  Guillen grounded out to short (BX)
 3-0  1 --- 11  Rodriguez grounded a single up the middle (FBX)
 3-0  1 1-- 02  Thames grounded into a double play, Morneau to Bartlett
                  to Morneau (CCX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Minnesota batting
 3-0  0 --- 01  Cuddyer popped out to third (FX)
 3-0  1 --- 11  Morneau flied out to right (BFX)
 3-0  2 --- 32  Hunter grounded a single between third and short
                  (BSFFFBBX)
 3-0  2 1-- 10  White flied out to center (BX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Detroit batting
 3-0  0 --- 12  Inge struck out (FBCS)
 3-0  1 --- 11  Infante grounded out to short (CBX)
 3-0  2 --- 00  Granderson lined a single to shallow left (X)
 3-0  2 1-- 12  Monroe struck out (BCSS)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Minnesota batting
 3-0  0 --- 00  Tyner bunted for a single (Xb)
 3-0  0 1-- 11  Bartlett grounded into a double play, Infante to Polanco
                  to Guillen (BCX)
 3-0  2 --- 01  Castillo popped out to short (CX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Detroit batting
 3-0  0 --- 11  Polanco popped out to left (BFX)
 3-0  1 --- 11  Ordonez lined a single to left (BCX)
 3-0  1 1-- 02  Guillen grounded into a double play, Punto to Castillo to
                  Morneau (FCX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Minnesota batting
 3-0  0 --- 22  Punto grounded out to short (CBCFBX)
 3-0  1 --- 22  Mauer flied out to center (BCCBFFX)
 3-0  2 --- 32  Cuddyer struck out (BCBCBS)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Detroit batting
 3-0  0 --- 12  Rodriguez struck out (CFBFS)
 3-0  1 --- 12  Thames struck out (BCFS)
 3-0  2 --- 32  Inge struck out (BCBFFBS)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Minnesota batting
 3-0  0 --- 12  Morneau struck out (SCBFFS)
 3-0  1 --- 12  Hunter struck out (CBFS)
                Rodriguez pinch hitting for White
 3-0  2 --- 22  Rodriguez struck out (BFFBS)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Detroit batting
                Kubel now playing left field
                Guerrier now pitching
 3-0  0 --- 00  Infante homered deep to right center (X)
 4-0  0 --- 12  Granderson grounded out to the mound (CBFFX)
 4-0  1 --- 21  Monroe flied out to center (BBSX)
 4-0  2 --- 00  Polanco grounded out to third (X)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Minnesota batting
 4-0  0 --- 10  Tyner lined out to second (BX)
 4-0  1 --- 00  Bartlett lined out to third (X)
 4-0  2 --- 00  Castillo grounded out to second (X)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Detroit batting
                Crain now pitching
 4-0  0 --- 00  Ordonez flied out to center (X)
 4-0  1 --- 31  Guillen walked (BCBBB)
 4-0  1 1-- 20  Rodriguez grounded to the mound, forcing Guillen at
                  second, Rodriguez to first (1BBX)
 4-0  2 1-- 32  Thames struck out (CBBBF>S)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Minnesota batting
                Gomez now playing left field
 4-0  0 --- 32  Punto grounded out to short (BBFFBX)
 4-0  1 --- 20  Mauer lined a double down the right field line (BBX)
 4-0  1 -2- 22  Cuddyer flied out to left, Mauer to third (SBCFFFBX)
 4-0  2 --3 02  Morneau homered deep to right, Mauer scored (FFX)
                Jones now pitching
 4-2  2 --- 11  Hunter grounded out to short (FBX)
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