1953 Dodgers vs. 2013 Detroit Tigers
Game One: Brooklyn 10, Detroit 4 Game one was all about Brooklyn as they won on the road in a 10-4 victory. They got three home runs, one each from Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges. Carl Erskine was the winning pitcher, throwing 7 innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out ten. Max Scherzer from Detroit wasn’t his normal self, giving up seven runs in 6 innings while walking five and striking out 4. Torii Hunter hit an RBI double for Detroit.Justin Verlander from the game. Cabrera had an RBI double and a two run home run in the game, rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias hit a solo shot and Prince Fielder had an RBI triple. Bob Milliken was the winning pitcher in relief for Brooklyn. Anibal Sanchez threw a gem, going 6 innings, giving up only one run (a solo shot to Pee Wee Reese in the second) and striking out 7. He also helped his cause by driving in a run in the 4th inning off Brooklyn starter Preacher Roe. Andy Dirks hit a two run double in the 8th as well. Duke Snider added a solo shot in the seventh. For Detroit, Cabrera hit his second home run of the series, a 2 run shot to back starter Doug Fister, who thew a quality start despite getting the loss. Joaquin Benoit blew the save, giving up an RBI single to pinch hitter Belardi. The game went into the 10th inning, where Omar Infante delivered an RBI double, followed by a Torii Hunter RBI single and a climactic 3 run home run over the left field wall by MVP Miguel Cabrera. Roy Campanella hit a solo home run in the bottom of the tenth, but it was too little too late as Detroit crawled back and made the series 3-2, heading back to Detroit for game six and maybe game seven. Johnny Podres was chased in the third inning after surrendering six runs. Detroit got contributions from the entire lineup, including backup catcher Brayan Pena, who made his first start of the series and captured 4 hits and 2 RBI’s. Cabrera continued his torrid hitting, getting two more RBI’s in the 7th inning right before a mammoth three run shot by Prince Fielder put the game out of reach. Detroit starter Justin Verlander went 6.2, giving up four runs including back to back solo shots by Carl Furillo and Duke Snider in the seventh. Detroit will have home field advantage for Game seven. Alex Avila did not perform well. Ultimately the timely hitting and clutch pitching of the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers outdid monster performances by Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and even Brayan Pena to win the World Series.