The season is over.
The Tigers came within a grand slam of controlling this American League Championship Series coming out of Boston last weekend. Just when they seemed on the verge of forcing a seventh game, another granny Saturday sent them home.
A series that twisted through four one-run games turned on two four-run plays. It was the latter of the two that finally finished off a Detroit team that was built to get back to the World Series.
“We played good,” Omar Infante said. “[Max] Scherzer, the two times he pitched, two grand slams.”
In the end, Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Red Sox will be one of the outliers, a game that sent Boston to its third World Series in 10 years. Yet, until Shane Victorino sent an 0-2 curveball from Jose Veras deep to left field and over the Green Monster, Game 6 was among the closest of all.
Good luck, Red Sox. Don’t make this a repeat of 1967.