Tigers first team to sweep Yankees in postseason in 32 years
(CNN) — Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta smashed two-run homers off Yankees star pitcher C.C. Sabathia to propel the Detroit Tigers back into the World Series.
Austin Jackson also homered for the Tigers in Game 4, who handed the Yankees their first postseason wipeout since 1980, with an 8-1 victory at Detroit.
“So hopefully we’ve quieted some doubters now. The guys just stepped it up when we had to,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “I have the utmost respect for the (Yankees). If someone would have told me we would sweep the Yankees in this series, I would have told them they were crazy.”
Delmon Young was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after going 6 for 17 with six RBI.
The Yankees, who played Thursday with their captain, Derek Jeter, managed only two hits against Tigers starter Matt Scherzer and three relievers. It was the continuation of the worst postseason by an offense in major league baseball history. The Yankees hit an all-time postseason low of .188, according to ESPN.
“There are a lot of good hitters in that room, and to be able to shut a lot of them down is very surprising to me,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The Tigers next will play the winner of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals lead the series three games to one, after beating the Giants 8-3 Thursday night.
The World Series is scheduled to begin Wednesday at the home of the National League representative. The Tigers have made 11 appearances in the World Series, winning four times. They lost to the Cardinals in 2006.