Apparently Rick Porcello was struggling prior to his start against the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. You’d never have known — unless you were unfortunately stuck listening to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman call the game — given the way he flat-out destroyed the Yankees, tossing 7 innings of shutout ball as the Yankees fell to the Tigers 2-0 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Without being able to watch the game I have no idea if any of the Yankees had good at-bats, but following along via radio made it sound like nearly every single Yankee swung at the first pitch they saw, and grounded out in every single at-bat. Of the 21 outs recorded by Porcello, a ridiculous 15 came via the groundout.
The lone bright spot in this game was the fact that Home Run Javy Vazquez finally authored a quality start after five tries, going seven innings and yielding only two runs, lowering his ERA to 8.10. On most days this would be good enough to win, but when you’ve got Derek Jeter swinging at the first pitch in every at-bat and Randy Winn being unintentionally intentionally walked twice to get to Ramiro Pena (0-3) among other annoyances, it tends to be a long day offensively. Or perhaps more accurately, short, as this game was over in an absurdly quick two hours and 11 minutes. What is it with the Yankee offense absolutely sucking during afternoon road games so far this season?
The Yankees have now dropped three in a row for the first time all year, and the best they can hope for in Motown is a series split. Fortunately they’re in good position to do just that, with Phil Hughes taking the mound in tonight’s nightcap and CC Sabathia chucking the rawhide tomorrow afternoon.