The Yankees had some breaks but they couldn’t capitalize on most of them. Yesterday the Yankees were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position but were able to get the job done against the Tigers.
In the first inning Jorge Posada hit a two run double scoring Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, but caught a bad break when the ball hopped over the fence, making it a ground rule double and sending Nick Swisher back to third base. There would have been another run in the inning, but Derek Jeter was caught stealing at second base.
In the second inning Brett Gardner started the inning with a ground ball to the right side for a base hit followed by Eduardo Nunez doubling on a line drive to third. While Gardner scored, Nunez was thrown out at third trying to get a triple.
The Tigers came right back when Alex Avillia homered not once, but twice in the ball game, giving the Tigers an opportunity to tie the game. The Yankees had left runners on without getting the job done, giving the Tigers a chance to tie the ball game in the seventh. The Yankees however were able to take the lead again for the final time that night in the ninth inning.
The ninth inning started with a walk to Curtis Granderson, but while Mark Teixeira was batting, Granderson stole second then over-slid the bag and was tagged out. Mark Teixeira was then walked, giving the slumping Alex Rodriguez a chance to do some damage. Alex singled on a ball that was booted by Brandon Inge, sending Tex to second and A-Rod to first. The Yankees broke it wide open on a line drive by Nick Swisher, scoring Mark Teixeira and sending A-Rod to third. The run that broke the game open was while Russell Martin was batting, Jose Valverde (2-1) threw a pass ball that sent A-Rod home. Mariano Rivera got the final three outs of the ninth, sending the Yankees to there seventeenth win this season. Joba Chamberlain got the win after an effective start by Bartolo Colon.
Note: Robinson Cano expects to play in Tuesday Nights game after sitting out with a bruised hand; Jorge Posada raised his average to .150 yesterday after batting 2 for 4 on the night; Brett Gardner raised his average to .211 and has a six game hitting streak.