The Yankees struggled to put much together on offense, but they had a couple chances. New York failed to capitalize on a one out double by Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning, but their best chance came in the eighth inning. Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk and Francisco Cervelli singled to right, giving the Yankees runners on first and second with no outs. Derek Jeter flew out to right and Curtis Granderson followed by hitting into a double play to end the inning and the Yankees’ threat. Jeter was pulled right after the inning due to his right hip. He is listed as day-to-day.
Garcia came out for the eighth inning, but he walked the first batter and Girardi called on Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle did a solid job holding the Tigers, but the Yankees were unable to put up much of a fight in the ninth and the Tigers took the 4-0 victory.
Bronx Cheers: Curtis Granderson: Granted he was one of the few guys in grey to pick up a hit, Granderson had two plays at the plate that I found particularly frustrating. First, was his bunt attempt when he was leading off the top of the fourth inning. Not only did I not like the decision to bunt, but it was one of the ugliest bunts I have seen in a while. He dropped the bat head and the ball popped into the air for an easy first out to the inning. Then in the eighth inning, when the Yankees had finally gotten a couple base runners, but he ended the rally with an easy double-play ball. In the end, Grandy went 1-4 and stranded three runners.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 0-4 and stranded four runners while striking out twice.
Freddy Garcia: He put the Yankees in a hole early and spent the rest of the game getting out of trouble. He pitched into the eighth inning (though he did not record an out in the eighth). He gave up four runs on ten hits. He did record eight strikeouts and only walked two.
Curtain Calls: Buddy Carlyle: Carlyle pitched a scoreless, hitless eighth inning. He recorded two strikeouts. Since being called up Carlyle has not given up a run and has quietly done a solid job for the Yankees out of the pen. This might be the most positive thing I can say about this game.
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira had a double in the fourth, right after the Yankees had given up three runs. Unfortunately, they couldn’t move him past second. In the end, Teix went 1-3 with two strikeouts.
In The On Deck Circle: The Yankees will try to salvage a split series Thursday, as they send A.J. Burnett to the mound against the Tigers. Burnett is coming off a shaky game against his old team, when he gave up four runs over six innings to the Blue Jays on Saturday. Despite his struggles, Burnett did not issue a walk. While the veteran righty still can be a little wild on the mound, he has shown a lot more control this season. He has struck out 28 batter while walking just 12. The Tigers will send out Rick Porcello, who did not throw against the Yankees last time around. Porcello has been pitching well the last three games, striking out seventeen hitters in 19.2 innings. He has been strong against righties, but Porcello has struggled against left-handed hitters, who are smacking him for a .366 average this season. First pitch is at 1:05pm in Detroit.