Well would you look at that? The Yankees managed to score more than 2 runs in a professional baseball game last night. And wouldn't you know it, they won the game! Crazy how that works out, huh? It was the quick 1-game makeup series in Detroit and the Yankees swept the series before heading to Baltimore for the weekend.
It took a little while for the offense to get going, like more than half the game. The first half was pretty ugly, as Detroit starter Matt Boyd retired the first 14 Yankee hitters in order and didn't allow a hit through 5 innings. That first hit came off the bat of Rob Refsnyder to lead off the top of the 6th and he came around to score on a pair of sac flies to get the Yanks on the board. Refsnyder came through with a big base hit to break the 1-1 tie in the next inning too and ended Boyd's night, and the Yankees tacked on 3 more against the Detroit 'pen thanks to an Aaron Hicks ribbie single and a 2-run triple by Jacoby Ellsbury.
The late breakout was awesome, and it served to not let go to waste a surprisingly good starter by Michael Pineda. He wasn't all that efficient or untouchable. He didn't complete 6 innings and the Tigers got 7 hits off him. But for once he didn't crumble with 2 outs and finished guys off when he got to 2 strikes. His slider was really working as a swing-and-miss pitch and he got big outs when he needed to. We're talking big time small victories here, but that's what it's come to for the starter formerly known as Big Mike. Last night he did the job.
It was the three-headed bullpen monster's turn to fail at that. Each of the big 3 gave up a run in the final 3 innings last night, almost allowing the Tigers to come back. Dellin wasn't sharp out of the 'pen and gave up a quick run on a 4-pitch walk and a double before striking out the side. Andrew Miller walked 2 and gave up a double to Ian Kinsler in the 8th to make it 5-3. And Aroldis Chapman loaded the bases with no outs before getting it together to limit the damage to 1. Not great, but whatever. Still counts as a win.
- 2-3 night at the dish with 2 runs scored for Refsnyder, who got the start at second base with Starlin at shortstop. Joe needs to keep him in the lineup for as long as he keeps hitting, I don't care where.
- Teix 0-4 with a strikeout, A-Rod 1-4 with 2 strikeouts. Those are the 4 and 5 hitters in the lineup.
- Combined bullpen line: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. That has to be the worst one we'll see from those 3 as long as they're together, doesn't it?
- 8 strikeouts with no walks for Pineda and 21 swinging strikes (!!!). That's never been the problem for him and last night was a reminder of what he can be when he's got the rest of his game going. Hopefully he finds it and keeps it for a while.