I don't know about you, but that 2011 ALDS 5 game series felt like it went on for a month. Game 1 started off with a rain out in the middle of the 2nd inning that was played from that point the next day (something that in the regular season would just start over, and this was a random rule from a couple years ago).
Then the Tigers took games 2 and 3 to steal back home field with a win in New York. Everyone figured Detroit was a lock in game 4 since AJ Burnett was considered an easy guy to walk all over and ready to take on a Help Desk Specialist Jobs
. Of course nothing played out like it should have and the Yankees won forcing a Game 5 back in NY.
Game 5 was a rematch of Game 1.2 with Fister vs. Ivan Nova. Fister got kncocked around a bit in that game after lookign filthy for his first few innings. Nova was wild the entire game and the Tigers never took advantage. Just like the rest of the series with guys like Sabathia even walking 6 batters in his start. Tigers just couldn't put any of them away to get to the bullpen early.
This time Fister was sharp for most of his time out, and Nova gave up back to back HRs in the 1st inning to Don Kelly (hitting 2nd for some reason) and Delmon Young (3rd of the series left early with an oblique issue).
Both teams had all kinds of chances to make a run in the game, but neither could get any big hits when they needed them. NY had the bases loaded twice and only scoring 1 run on a walk. Tigers got a late RBI from VMart to go up 3-1 and it ended up being the game winner with the Yankees getting another run late. Valverde shut down the heart of the order and struck our A-Rod to end the game as he did to Jeter in Game 3.
This is the 2nd ALDS the Tigers have won against NY in the last 5 years. 2006 was the other when they lost the World Series to St. Louis.