It was a beautiful night for baseball in Detroit tonight. Temps in the 30s, a brisk wind blowing through the stadium, and bountiful snow flurries. Exactly the type of picturesque evening you think of when you think about America's national pastime.
Unless you were David Price and Adam Warren, the 2 starting pitchers for the Yankees and Tigers. Price picked up where he left off last year, giving up 6 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batsman in the top of the 1st to put his team in an early hole. Warren almost dug them out with a 4-run bottom half. He walked 4 of the first 5 batters he faced in the game, including 1 to bring in the first Detroit run, which was the real problem. Stupid people will tell you Didi Gregorius should have made better plays defensively. Either way, it was clear that neither pitcher had a good feel for the ball in the cold weather.
The difference in the game was that Warren was able to find his command a little bit and work through 6 innings and Price wasn't. He surrendered 2 more runs in the 2nd on a pair of triples (really) by Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley before his early exit, and the Detroit bullpen wasn't much better. Gregorius redeemed himself for another error with a 2-run double in the 4th to make it 10-4 Yanks, and Mark Teixeira jumped to the team lead in home runs when he cranked a 3-run shot in the 7th for number 5 on the year.
From that point, it was simply a matter of getting through the final few innings. The bullpen B-squad was solid in relief of Warren, combining to throw 3.1 innings of scoreless ball with 6 strikeouts. Tip of the cap and a round of applause to you, Justin Wilson, David Carpenter, and Chasen Shreve. Yanks are over .500 for the first time this year and can lock up a series victory with a win tomorrow.
- I don't even know where to start with that 1st inning. There were so many crazy stats that it's not even worth trying to mention them all. Just brutally bad pitching on both sides.
- Plenty of offense to go around for the Bombers. 5 guys with 2 or more hits and 2 runs scored, 4 guys with 2 or more RBI, every single player in the lineup with at least 1 hit, and 6 walks as a team. That'll play.
- And don't look now, but Brian McCann and Headley are above .250, Teix and Didi are above .200, and Carlos Beltran's rotting corpse may sneak above .200 sometime in the near future.
- Bizarre night for Warren, but give him some props for getting it together after that 1st inning. That was as bad as anything he could have done, but he figured it out and almost made it through 6 innings. He hasn't been great so far, and he isn't nearly as imposing with his stuff as he was as a reliever, but he's hanging in there.
- Shout out to Jacoby Ellsbury for finally got his first RBI of the season so everybody can stop making a fake big deal out of that. Good for you, guy.
- If you would have told me before this game, or any game really, that Gregorio Petit would hit a bases-clearing double and be intentionally walked in the same game, I would have immediately asked for the name and phone number of your drug dealer.