in the Bronx.
The Tigers lost this afternoon to the Yankees 5-4 and lost the weekend series 2 games to 1. This was a terrible series to lose. The Yankees have been struggling and the Tigers surging. but the Tigers found a way to lose two games.
Justin Verlander was, ok, not great, not terrible. He pitched 7 complete, allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, struck out 9 and walked 1. JV was not lights out but his offense didn’t pick him up today. The Tigers as a team left 23 runners on base.
Austin Jackson made another crucial base running error in the 8th inning. With the score 4-2, Jackson was on first base with one out. Torii Hunter followed with a long fly ball that Yankee center fielder, Brett Gardener, flashed some leather on. He made a fine running catch and crashed into the wall. He was momentarily hurt and unable to throw the ball in. As a result, he shoveled the ball toward the left fielder Alfonso Soriano. For some reason, Jackson never went back to first base and got double off leaving Miguel Cabrera in the on deck circle.
Miggy struck in the 9th. He lead off the 9th with a solo shot off of Yankee closer Mariano Rivera. After Prince lined out softly to third, Victor stepped up and hit a solo homer to tie the game. Unfortunately, Brett Gardner homered off of Jose Veras in the bottom of the 9th to win the game for the Yankees.
Even with the late inning heroics, you can’t leave 23 runners on base and expect to win baseball games. The Tigers have a gaping hole in left field and need to figure out a way to fill it, at least partially. Matt Tuiasosopo played today and he seems to have cooled off but you can hardly blame him. He hasn’t played much in the last two weeks as Tiger manager Jim Leyland was suffering from Dirksburger Syndrome and couldn’t find many at bats for Tui.
It’s on to Chicago. They need to win this series.
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