Game 113: Bronx Bombers
Considering that Tuesday night’s game ended in extras, and that it was possible we could have won the game, this would have been a sweep of a heavily favored Tigers team, but I’ll take 2 out of 3. Just like against the Red Sox, also a series we should have swept. Toronto won, so we didn’t gain any ground on them, but that meant that Baltimore lost, so both teams gained a game on them.
Chris Capuano took the mound for us last night, and pitched a stellar game, going 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 R on 5 H, while striking out eight. Unfortunately he got a no decision for the night, as we didn’t take the lead until after he’d left the game. That doesn’t, however, take away from how great he pitched. Our bullpen held the Tigers hitless for the rest of the game.
The title of this recap alludes to how we managed to best Verlander, and that was through the home run. We hit two, and that was just enough to be the difference, the extra runs over that were just insurance. Chase Headley hit one in the 5th, and Brian McCann hit one in the 7th. One thing I don’t hesitate to point out is that the Yankees were incredibly sloppy in the field last night, giving up four errors. Jeter had one, Capuano had one, and Stephen Drew had two. Giving up a baserunner or a run because of a hit or walk is one thing, but allowing the other team to capitalize because our heads are up our butts is quite another. Hopefully the sloppiness will disappear for our next set of games.