The New York Yankees took another series and another doubleheader against the lowly Detroit Tigers. Yet, the injuries continued to mount and they were all parts fluky, bizarre and awful. Luckily Scott Reinen played two softball games without incurring an injury, so all of us writers are in the clear.
This game felt like it should’ve been played in Lakeland, Fla. in March. The Bronx Bombers kept the home run engine humming but the pitching staff was gasoline alley in a 12-11 loss to the Motor City Kitties. Hopefully, this one doesn’t cost home-field advantage.
TWO GARD TOUCHDOWN
The New York lineup rocked Edwin Jackson, who, I’ll be honest, I didn’t know was still in the league. In the first frame, Brett Gardner posted the savages on the board with a solo smash to right.
Growing up in the early ’90s I remember the Cecil Fielder, power-hitting Tigers at the bandbox known as Tiger Stadium. This was not that.
During the third inning, between Nestor Cortes Jr. and Luis Cessa, the Tigers collected four singles and benefitted from a big error by second baseman Gleyber Torres and were able to square the contest at six.
The Bronx Bombers were able to re-take the lead against Tyler Alexander, on solo homers by Torres and Didi Gregorius in the fourth and fifth innings respectively.
Chance Adams entered in the ninth and it was basically over before it started. With one down, Grayson Greiner doubled to left. Pinch-runner Willi Castro would eventually score on a Mercer single to center to end the game.
The Yankees decisively won the battle but may have lost the war. New York’s 10-4 victory was not without a cost, Encarnacion and his oblique and J.A. Happ and his biceps were evaluated after the game.
Remember when Matthew Boyd whiffed 13 Yankees back in April and you added him to your fantasy baseball team? Remember when he was a hot trade target and then completely fell off and killed your fantasy team? Well, the Bronx Bombers were able to take advantage of the post-July version in the matinee.
Luke Voit hit the round number mark at 20 when he cranked a two-run tater in the first frame.
Happ was rolling along in the early going, extending his scoreless streak to 20.1 frames. On the afternoon, Happ fanned six, scattered seven hits, walked three, with his lone blip being a home run surrendered to Dawel Lugo in the fifth, as he went 4.2 frames.
The Yankees continued their climb to 10. In the seventh, a Bryan Garcia wild pitch plated Judge. Ex-Tiger Cameron Maybin hugged a two-run double to right-center after choking up on the bat.
During the eighth inning, Ben Heller made the climb all the way back to the mountain top. Heller surrendered a home run to Travis Demeritte, gave up two hits, walked one and fanned one.
The Yankees won again but lost big again. The 6-4 victory came at the cost of Sanchez and his groin, trying to steal a base no less. It also featured Judge slamming into the right-field wall. Oh, plus Tommy Kahnle had to have his hand checked after slamming it into a sunflower seed bin, so, splendid!
MLB announcers all year long: “It’s very hard to win both games of a double header. A sweep rarely happens.”
In the third, Mike Ford was making his case for postseason pinch-runner. After singling to right, Ford trucked it home on a two-out RBI-double to right by LeMahieu.
CC PASSES SMOLTZY
CC Sabathia tried to leg it out as much as he could and made history in the process. In Michigan native John Smoltz‘s backyard, Sabathia passed the Hall of Fame hurler with 3,085 career strikeouts, 16th on the all-time list.