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Yankees/Detroit ALDS – Game One

Posted by on Saturday, 1 October, 2011

September 30 – October 1, 2011
Yankee Stadium
The Bronx,  New York

Rain – Rain – Go – Away
The Yankees have had 23 games affected by weather in 2011 with a Major League  most 9 postponed  games  and 13 that experienced delays.  The game total also included a July 18th win at Tampa Bay when a bank of lights went out due to lightening. 

Saturday, October 1st, the Yankees resumed Game one of the 2011 American League Division Series vs. the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium.  The game was picked up from the bottom of the Yankees 2nd inning with the score tied 1-1.  The suspension is the first since the January 2009 rule amendment was passed by the Major League Clubs, providing that all postseason games become suspended games if they are called, regardless of how many innings have been played or the score at the time the game is called.

Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia pitched 2 innings of the rain shortened  game on Friday.  On Saturday, at the top of the 3rd inning, Ivan Nova took the mound as the relief pitcher.

Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander pitched one inning of the rain shortened game .  Doug Fister took the mound in relief on Saturday.

Rookie pitcher Ivan Nova went undefeated in his final 16 starts of the season.  His first start in postseason confirmed his effectiveness by pitching 6-1/3 innings of 4 hit ball to Detroit.  Nova became the first Yankees Rookie to earn a win in his postseason debut since Orlando (Duque) Hernandez on 10/10/98, Game 4 of the ALCS in Cleveland.

It was an Ivan Nova and Robinson Cano game.  Cano’s hit  in the 5th inning was thought to be a homerun.  It was reviewed by the Umpires in the Authentication Room.  The ball landed on the ledge of the wall at right centerfield.  It was ruled a double.  In the 6th inning, Robinson Cano broke the game wide open with a grand slam putting the Yankees ahead 8 – 1.  At the top of the 8th inning, Cano  again connected with a double and tied the Yankees postseason franchise record of  6 RBIs.

Jorge Posada played in his 121st postseason game, tying Bernie Williams for second place all time behind Derek Jeter with 148. 

50,940 fans in attendance – the largest single game attendance in the 3 year history of the current  Yankee Stadium.
Final score Yankees 9 – Detroit 3
Winning Pitcher: Ivan Nova
Losing Pitcher: Doug Fister
Time of the game 3:26