By Larry GLicken

The Tigers pitching staff was too much for the Boston Red Sox to handle in game one of the ALCS. Detroit sent Anibal Sanchez to the mound for the start and he set a record striking out 12 but he also walked 6.

Sanchez did a fantastic job keeping the Red Sox at bay, he wasn’t going to give up a hit and he didn’t. It’s hard to believe that a guy who hasn’t given up any hits was pulled from a play off game in the 6th but he was.

The Tigers put in Al Alburquerque who followed suit with a fine performance of his own. He stuck out 2 and he didn’t give up any hits, the Tigers had a no hitter going and they would continue to shut down the Red Sox hitter with yet another pitching change.

Jose Veras came into the game and faced a couple of batters and he struck out 2. You got it still a no hitter working for the Tigers. Jim Leyland the Tigers manager must have liked what his pitching staff was doing because he made another change, he put Drew Smyly who continued the no hitter for the Tigers.

Drew Smyly only pitched a 1//3 of an inning but the Tigers still had a no hitter going in the opening game of the ALCS. The Tigers pitchers were on fire in game one. They would take the no hitter all the way into the 9th and then is was Joaquin Benoit who got the call.

Joaquin Benoit wasn’t as lucky as the others that pitched for the Tigers, he gave up the hit that stopped the combined efforts of the other 4 pitchers and the Tigers would lose the no hitter but win the game, beating the Red Sox 1-0 in game one of the ALCS.

What a pitching duel by both team’s in this one. The only run scored in the game came off a Jhonny Peralta hit that drove in Miguel Cabrera in the 6th.

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