Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Yankees rally but fall just short in Detroit

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night by the score of 6-5. The game took place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Phil Hughes started and wasn’t at his best, he struggled after starting out well. Rick Porcello started for the Tigers and was pretty good. The Yankees offense was led by Eric Chavez and Ichiro Suzuki. Miguel Cabrera led the Tigers offense.  Hughes pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up four runs on eight hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three and lost his ninth game of the season. Boone Logan pitched 2/3 of an inning striking out one, Cody Eppley pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up three hits and a run with a strikeout and Clay Rapada faced two batters and retired them both. Joba Chamberlain pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits, a run, a walk and he struck out one. Porcello won his ninth game of the season pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and three runs. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter, Brayan Villarreal pitched to one batter and retired him, Octavio Dotel pitched one perfect inning and Jose Valverde saved his 22nd game of the season. Valverde pitched one inning throwing a ton of pitches and making it very interesting. He gave up three hits and two runs with a walk and a strikeout.
Derek Jeter had a hit, Mark Teixeira had two hits and Chavez had two hits and two RBI. Nick Swisher had three hits, Raul Ibanez drew a walk and Suzuki had two hits and two RBI. Russell Martin had a hit and an RBI, Swisher hit two doubles, Suzuki and Martin each hit a double. Chavez hit a homerun and the Yankees were 3-7 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Swisher had an outfield assist.
Austin Jackson had a hit, Omar Infante had a hit and Cabrera had two hits and three RBI. Brennan Boesch had two hits, Delmon Young had a hit and Jhonny Peralta had a hit and an RBI. Alex Avila had two hits and drew a walk and Andy Dirks had three hits and two RBI. Peralta, Cabrera and Dirks each hit a double and Cabrera hit a homerun. The Tigers were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
In the fourth Chavez hit a two run homerun giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead. That lead would be short lived as the Tigers would come back in the bottom of the fourth. Cabrera hit a solo homerun and Peralta hit an RBI double to tie the game at two. In the fifth Cabrera hit a two run double to make it 4-2 Tigers. Dirks hit an RBI double in the sixth to make it a 5-2 lead for the Tigers. In the seventh Suzuki hit an RBI double to make it a 5-3 game. The Tigers would score their final run in the eighth on an RBI single by Dirks. The Yankees would rally in the ninth but strand runners at second and third. They got an RBI single from Suzuki and an RBI double from Martin to make it a 6-5 game but Curtis Granderson popped up to end the game.
The Yankees have their trouble in Detroit and they have been on a bad streak for about three weeks now. The Yankees record dropped to 63-46 and the Tigers record improved to 60-50. The Yankees have lost the first two of the four game series. The Yankees have a six game lead in the AL East which could drop to five games by the end of the night. They had a ten game lead not that long ago, they need to start winning some games to get back on track and not make it interesting.

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