Why must the Yankees do that to us? They make us think that somehow, they’ll be able to pull off an exciting ninth inning comeback only to have it thwarted by Jose Valverde.
I’m sorry, let’s start from the beginning of this latest debacle.
Phil Hughes, who up until tonight, had pitched very well against the Tigers in Comerica Park, didn’t. He looked good to begin with but then the game went off the rails for him and he was taken out in the fifth inning after having thrown 102 pitches and given up four runs. Yes, one was a Miguel Cabrera home run because all he does is hit home runs against the Yankees.
In the fourth, Hughes got every other batter out. Cabrera hit his dinger to lead off the inning then Hughes got Prince Fielder out on strikes. Next, Brennan Boesch singled after fighting off about 500 pitches – okay, it was 12 but it seemed like a lot more – then Hughes got Delmon Young to fly out. With two outs, Jhonny Peralta doubled on a 3-2 pitch, scoring Boesch to tie the game at two.
After the Yankees went quietly in the top of the fifth, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the frame on a Cabrera two-run double which scored Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson who opened the inning with back-to-back singles.
Hughes was taken out and Boone Logan got Fielder to fly out and Boesch to strike out to end the inning.
The Tigers added runs in the sixth and eighth innings. The Yankees scored one in the seventh and then teased us with those two in the ninth off Valverde. Ichiro and Russell Martin each had an RBI to pull the Yankees within one and then Curtis Granderson, popped out to end the game. Hey, at least it wasn’t a strike out!
Poor Eric Chavez has had a good series so far – he hit a home run and finished with two hits and two RBI – but the Yankees just can’t seem to win lately.
And one final note from the Elias Sports Bureau: The Yankees have lost last eight games decided by one run. It’s their longest streak in single season since 1944 (9 games).
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