Yankees Drop Game 1 in Extras – Jeter Breaks Ankle [VIDEO]
The Detroit Tigers shook off a four-run Yankees rally in the bottom of the ninth to score two in the 12th and grab Game 1 of the ALCS, 6-4 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
Even larger than the defeat is that New York will be without their captain for the rest of the playoffs. Manager Joe Girardi announced after the game that Derek Jeter fractured his ankle while fielding a ball in the final inning (below).
Nick Swisher misplayed a Delmon Young line-drive in the 12th, which skipped to the wall for a go-ahead RBI double. Don Kelly, pinch-running for Young, came around to score later in the inning on Andy Dirks’ infield single – a bouncing ground ball up the middle that Jeter lunged for, rolling and breaking his ankle.
All this after Raul Ibanez’s scorched a game-tying blast to the porch in right field off Tigers closer Jose Valverde) (video below), who also allowed a two-run homer to Ichiro Suzuki earlier in the inning.
Detroit built its 4-0 lead with two runs in the sixth and two in the eighth.
Young had three hits and three RBI’s including a solo-homer.
Ichiro had four hits on the night and two RBI for New York.
Jeter had a hit in the game, his 200th career in the postseason.
New York and Detroit won’t have much time to rest. Game 2 is set for 4:00 p.m. Sunday.