ALCS Game 1: Raul Ibanez with Another Heroic October blast but the Tigers Overcome in the 12th

Raul Ibanez Home Run Ties ALCS Game 1 in the 9th Inning

The Yankees were down 4-0 to the Tigers going into the bottom of the 9th inning in Game 1 of the ALCS. Ichiro Suzuki homers with 1 out to knock in 2 runs to bring the score to 4-2. With 2 outs, Mark Teixeira is walked and Raul Ibanez steps up to the plate. On an 0-1 count he smashed a ball off of Tigers closer Jose Valverde to the right field stands to tie the game 4-4 and send it into extra innings.

But the heroics were not enough for the Yankees to take the lead and get a win. In the top of the 12th inning, the Tigers would regain the lead with 2 more runs off of RBIs by Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta. With Ibanez already batting in the bottom of the 11th, the Yankees could not muster up a base-runner and the Tigers would take Game 1 of the ALCS in NY. To make matters worse for the Yankees, Derek Jeter would fracture his ankle on a play trying to prevent the Peralta single in the 12th.

The 2012 MLB Postseason continues to pour on the excitement with come from behind victories and late inning magic. Share your thoughts about the postseason in the comments below.

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