Not that the Yankees didn’t have their chances, of course. They did plenty to hurt their own cause. Joe Girardi was up to his usual tricks again, bringing C.C. out to start the 6th even though the big man just clearly didn’t have his best stuff tonight. Sabathia wouldn’t make it out of the inning, as Girardi finally went to Rafael Soriano, a bit too late however as another run would score in the inning to push the Tigers lead to 4-2. But hey, at least that run didn’t make a difference in the end, right?
Not that Soriano gets away unscathed. After the Yankees tied the game at 4, Soriano came right back out and threw a first pitch fastball in the strikezone to Delmon Young, of all people, a pitch that quickly ended up in the stands. I’m not going to judge this one in hindsight, because I didn’t have a problem leaving Soriano in for that inning. It was just a terrible pitch. Bad pitch to throw, and poorly executed. No excuse for that one.
Got to give credit to the offense though. They came out swinging against Verlander, putting up two runs in the first inning. Then they came back in a big way after Verlander seemed to be settling in and then some, with Brett Gardner coming up with the big hit to tie the game. It’s a shame that the Yankees couldn’t win a game in which they scored 4 runs off of Verlander, but who knows what would have happened if Gerry Davis hadn’t spotted Verlander two outs in the 8th inning, with Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano at the plate.
The Yankees are down in the series 2 games to 1 now, meaning that tomorrow is an elimination game, and that the Yankees are going to have to take this series the distance if they’re going to win. The fate of their season now rests on the right arms of A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova. What time can I start drinking tomorrow?
Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.