Powered by a pair of two-run home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta, the Detroit Tigers have taken full command of Game 4 of the ALCS over the visiting New York Yankees through six innings, 6-1.
Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer did not allow his first hit until the top of the six inning, and recorded 10 strikeouts of New York hitters before exiting after 5⅔ innings pitched. Scherzer's only mistake came on an RBI double to Nick Swisher that scored infielder Eduardo Nunez, but the talented strikeout artist was quickly bailed out by reliever Drew Smyly to close out the inning and limit the damage.
The key to the game thus far came during a high-powered fourth inning against Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. With No. 2 hitter Omar Infante on base and Cabrera at the plate with one out, the Triple Crown winner proceeded to demolish a first pitch Sabathia fastball into the left field bleachers to give the Tigers a comfortable 4-0 lead. Before a visibly shaken Sabathia could wrap up his frustrating inning, it was Peralta who stepped up and smacked a two-run bomb of his own to break the game wide open.