It looked like it was going to be a quick, painful game. The Yankees roughed up Anibal Sanchez early and CC Sabathia was cruising. But then the fun started with back and forth scoring that left the Tigers chasing the carrot.
Anibal Sanchez didn’t look good from the beginning. In the first, he walked Nick Swisher and hit Mark Teixeira. Eric Chavez and Curtis Granderson drove them in to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Granderson hit a three-run home run to right, he had been 0-10 with 5 strikeouts in the series. He finished the night with 4 RBI and a triple shy of the cycle. The Yankees would add two more in the fourth, knocking Sanchez out of the game.
With the Yankees up 7-0 and CC Sabathia pitching you figured it was night-night for the Tigers. But they decided to make it interesting. Newly required Jeff Baker scored off a single from Brennan Boesch in the bottom of the fourth. In the sixth, Baker would single to left scoring Fielder and Young. Here we go.
In the seventh, the Tigers would score four runs, coming one hit short of batting through the order. The scoring started when Prince Fielder grounded out scoring Austin Jackson. This knocked CC out of the game after 6 2/3 innings. Dave Robertson came in to give up four straight singles and three more Tiger’s runs. Boesch and pinch-hitting Dirks and Avila drove in the runs. Score, 8-7.
But that’s as close as the Tigers would get. Every time they rallied the Yankees answered.
Positives to take away from the game: Jeff Baker had a nice debut going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, and you gotta love the Tiger’s will to never give up and have the ability to come back with big offensive innings. And the White Sox lost, still just half a game out.
Negatives: Anibal Sanchez struggled, he’ll bounce back though. Phil Coke, however, had a rough outing again, giving up two in the eighth right after the Tigers four run rally. In his last four appearances he has given up 6 runs in 3 2/3 innings. Ouch.
So the six game win streak is over…let’s start another one. Day game tomorrow, with Fister taking the mound against Kuroda. Should be a good one.