Rick Porcello had five strikeouts tonight in his first nine batters. He hasn’t had five strikeouts in a start since July.
Brandon Inge homered on an 0-2 pitch to tie the game, off Alexi Ogando who has absolutely shut Detroit down this season. Inge had one career homer on 0-2, and that was back in 2006. Also, Inge against righties this year – avert your eyes, people – .170/.220/.228.
Miguel Cabrera was IBBed with the bases empty. That’s happened only ten times in postseason history – four times to Barry Bonds. (#2 is that choker A-Rod, by the way. I also include this because, well, I had to. I like the picture on the left because he looks like “a-HA. I will hide behind this. NO ONE WILL FIGURE ME OUT.” Oh Alex.)
Mark Kotsay started for the Brewers, batting second and playing center field. He made a terrible play in the outfield that allowed the eventual winning run to score. However, he also went 1-for-2 with a walk and – a home run. Yep.
All the runs in the NLCS game scored by the third inning. ALL of the Brewers’ runs scored in the first.