Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Yankees win a wild one in Detroit

The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers by the score of 12-8 on Wednesday night. The game took place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and pitched well, the bullpen was ok and the defense was shaky. Anibel Sanchez started for the Tigers and did not pitch well. Their bullpen couldn’t hold the Yankees down either. Jeff Baker and Brennan Boesch led the Tigers offense. Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson led the Yankees offense.  Sabathia pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up five runs on eight hits, three of the runs were earned. He walked one and struck out seven and won his 12th game of the season. Dave Robertson pitched an inning giving up five hits and three runs with a strikeout, Boone Logan pitched to one batter and retired him and Rafael Soriano pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts. Sanchez lost his ninth game of the season pitching three innings giving up seven hits and seven runs with two walks and two strikeouts. Duane Below pitched three innings giving up four hits and a run with a walk and Darin Downs pitched an inning giving up a hit. Phil Coke pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a strikeout and Brayan Villarreal pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a walk and a strikeout.
Derek Jeter had two hits, Swisher had two hits, an RBI and drew three walks and Robinson Cano had three hits and an RBI. Mark Teixeira had two hits and two RBI, Eric Chavez had two hits, two RBI and drew a walk and Granderson had three hits and four RBI. Russell Martin had a hit, Ichiro Suzuki had a hit and an RBI, Casey McGehee had a hit and Jayson Nix had a hit. McGehee and Granderson each hit a double and Granderson also hit a homerun. The Yankees were 8-16 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. The eight hits with runners in scoring position was a season high. The 12 runs was the third time they have done that this season. Cano had a stolen base and Swisher and Suzuki were each picked off. Cano and McGehee each committed an error.
Austin Jackson had a hit, Omar Infante had a hit and an RBI and Miguel Cabrera drew a walk. Prince Fielder had two hits and an RBI, Delmon Young had two hits and Baker had two hits and two RBI. Andy Dirks had a hit and an RBI, Boesch had two hits and two RBI and Gerald Laird had a hit. Alex Avila had a hit and an RBI. Baker and Young each hit a double, Infante hit a homerun. The Tigers were 6-11 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base. Below and Downs each had a pickoff.
The Yankees jumped out to a 7-0 lead. They had two runs in the first inning on RBI singles from Chavez and Granderson. In the third Granderson hit a three run homerun to make it 5-0 Yankees. Swisher hit an RBI single and Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to make it 7-0 Yankees. Boesch hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to get the Tigers on the board. Jeff Baker hit a two run single in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-3. Suzuki hit an RBI single in the seventh to make it an 8-3 game in favor of the Yankees. In the bottom of the seventh is when it got a little crazy especially for the Yankees. Fielder hit an RBI groundout to make it an 8-4 game. There were two outs and Joe Girardi pulled Sabathia from the game. Robertson came in and gave up four singles in a row before finally getting out of the inning. The Tigers had cut the lead to 8-7, there was some sloppy defense which also contributed to this. Dirks, Boesch and Avila had RBI singles. In the eighth Teixeira had an RBI single and Chavez had an RBI groundout to make it a 10-7 game. Infante hit a solo homerun to make it 10-8 in the eighth. The Yankees added a couple of more runs in the ninth and the final was 12-8 in favor of the Yankees.
The Yankees had lost the first two of this four game series and got the win tonight. The two teams will play the final game of the series on Thursday afternoon. The Yankees record improved to 64-46 and the Tigers record dropped to 60-51. The Yankees remain in first place in the AL East by five games in the loss column over the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees will head to Toronto after the game tomorrow to play a three game weekend series before returning home next week.

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