BOSTON – Craig Breslow '02 continued his scoreless postseason play in a loss to the Detroit Tigers for game one of the American League Championship Series.
Breslow entered in the eighth inning, replacing Junichi Tazawa in a 1-0 ballgame to face Miguel Cabrera and the deadly heart of the Tigers' order. Breslow got Cabrera to fly out, walked Fielder, and induced a fly from Victor Martinez. After a ground-rule double off the bat of Johnny Peralta, Breslow intentionally walked Omar Infante to load the bases. Breslow escaped the jam with a third fly out, this from Alex Avila. Koji Uehara would relieve Breslow for the ninth inning, and the Red Sox would fail to score, losing 1-0.
Breslow wrote Friday about embracing the task of facing the dangerous Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez. Said Breslow, "I've enjoyed a measure of success against all three of those hitters in the past. But I don't take that for granted, and I don't think it is easily repeated — especially with someone like Cabrera."
Breslow's scoreless inning continues an impressive 2013 playoff performance. He is holding opponents to a measly .188 batting average and still has yet to allow an earned run through 4 2/3 innings of work. He has pitched in each of the Sox' last four games.
Breslow and the Red Sox look to bounce back against the Tigers Sunday at 8:00 p.m. in Boston. Down 1-0 in the series, the Sox must win four of their next six to advance to the World Series. There they would face the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The complete Red Sox ALCS schedule is as follows:
Sunday, the 13th 8:00 p.m. - Detroit at Boston
Tuesday, the 15th 4:00 p.m. – Boston at Detroit
Wednesday, the 16th 8:00 p.m. – Boston at Detroit
Thursday, the 17th 8:00 p.m. – Boston at Detroit (if necessary)
Saturday, the 19th 4:30 p.m. – Detroit at Boston (if necessary)
Sunday, October 20th 8:00 p.m. – Detroit at Boston (if necessary)