You have to score at least one run to win a baseball game. The Yankees didn’t. They lost. That said, the Umpires didn’t help. While the main story coming out of Sunday’s game has to be the absence of the Yankee offense, it is entirely possible that come Monday morning the biggest story from the game will be the terrible call that was made in the top of the eighth inning.
With two outs in the inning Omar Infante over ran second base after Austin Jackson hit a single to right field. Nick Swisher threw a strike to Robinson Cano who clearly tagged Infante out as he scrambled back to second base. The ball arrived before Infante, who visibly fell on Cano’s glove. Even in real time Infante was out. Second base umpire Jeff Nelson called Infante safe. TBS replayed the tag about a dozen times. The dude was out, by a lot. Jeff Nelson called him safe.
Joe Girardi came out to argue and was tossed, but what else could he do. Infante would score later in the inning, an inning that should have been over and instead saw the Tigers score two runs to expand their lead to 3 – 0. It was a terrible call, but the Yankees aren’t hitting. Without that call the Bombers probably would have lost 1 – 0.
That’s all you need to know about the game. The Yankee offense got just four hits and struck out ten times. That’s a recipe for a loss anytime of year. The biggest shame is that Hiroki Kuroda was dealing, pitching on short rest for the first time in his career. The box score will read that he pitched 7.2 innings and allowed three runs. Those of us who watched the game know he really tossed 8 innings and allowed just one run. Kuroda got it done. The Yankee offense didn’t. That’s why the Tigers have a commanding two games to none lead in the series.