Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DANA WAKIJI  |  Last updated 10/18/13
DETROIT -- There's so little margin for error in the postseason so when you do make mistakes, they can hurt you. The Tigers dropped Game 5 of the ALCS, 4-3, to the Boston Red Sox mostly due to a few costly mistakes and now face elimination as they trail the series 3-2. The first one came right away, when the Tigers were threatening in the first inning. With two outs, Miguel Cabrera was on second and Prince Fielder on first and Jhonny Peralta hit a solid single to left. Tigers third-base coach Tom Brookens at first waved Cabrera to keep running, then put the stop sign up. Cabrera, who is still battling an abdominal injury, couldn't stop at that point and was thrown out easily at home plate by left fielder Jonny Gomes. "I think he saw me waving initially, come on, come on, and then when I tried to stop him, it was too late," Brookens said. Cabrera blamed himself. "It's a situation with two outs, you want to be aggressive, he wants to be aggressive, too," Cabrera said. "We want to score. He tried to stop me but I run a direct line. It was a mistake I make." In the next inning, Cabrera had another tough play as Gomes' grounder eluded him and Gomes eventually scored in a three-run inning. "It was a bad hop," Cabrera said. "That's just baseball. I was ready for it, and it just shot to my right." Anibal Sanchez had six no-hit innings in Game 1 but he couldn't equal that brilliance Thursday night, giving up a mammoth home run to Mike Napoli as well as RBIs to David Ross and Jacoby Ellsbury. "Probably a couple more pitches up," Napoli said. "Seemed like haas leaning on the corners and got us to chase some pitches the first game. I was just trying to get something up in the zone and see pitches. And I was able to get some up." Napoli also scored on Sanchez's wild pitch with two out in the third for a 4-0 Red Sox lead. "To me, equal to the home run was his base running," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He gets the double, he advances a throw on a tapper back to the mound and his instincts on the wild pitch. It ended up being a difference-maker tonight." The Tigers had their opportunities besides the first inning and managed to scratch a few runs across, but did not get the game-changing hit that they needed with runners in scoring position. Cabrera had runners at first and third with nobody out in the seventh and grounded into a double play off Junichi Tazawa, the same pitcher who struck him out in Game 3. Jose Iglesias scored to cut the lead to 4-3 but it might have been more. "It was a double play but he still got the one run in and got is to within one," Leyland said. "It's tough for him on certain pitches and I think you obviously see it on the bases, which was part of the play tonight that happened." Cabrera is not one for excuses, despite the pain he's been dealing with for so long. "I gotta play with that," Cabrera said. "I gotta go out there and play my best game. It's no time to complain, it's no time to feel sorry about how you feeling right now. You gotta go out there and play with your heart and that's it." Four of the first five ALCS games have been decided by one run, tying the record of four one-run games set in 1997 by the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles. The Tigers are now left wondering if they could have made one less mistake and scored a run or two more. "It's like a Catch-22," Torii Hunter said. "You start saying what ifs and what ifs, what if this, what if that. If ifs were a fifth, we'd all be drunk. I say that a lot but it's true. "We start questioning Miggy got thrown out, questioning he hung some pitches and they got up four runs in the postseason. "We just gotta keep playing and keep battling. We had opportunities, we fell short by one run."
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