After scoring three runs in the first inning to give themselves a nice cushion, starter Dwight Gooden gave them right back in the bottom half against an awful Detroit Tigers lineup. In fact, Gooden didn’t even make it out of the first, exiting after two outs and four runs. Tonight marked the shortest outing of his 13-year career.
“I’m confused about the whole thing,” Gooden said. “It’s not mechanical. There’s definitely no pain. I have no answers. The pop ain’t there. There’s no pop.”
The Yankee offense was paced by the middle of the order in Cecil Fielder, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill – which drove in a combined five runs. Derek Jeter also set the table for the middle of the order with three hits, including two triples.
With the score tied at eight in the eighth inning, Fielder hit into a fielder’s choice which brought home Bernie Williams to give the Yankees the lead. Wetteland came on and put the winning run on first base, but was able to shut the door for the Yankees’ 80th win of the season.
New York’s division lead stands at just 2.5 games.