The same lineup as Game 1, despite my concerns in the previous post.
An hour before Game Time and here in Eastern PA… Rain. Naturally.
Garcia gives up a 2-run HR to Cabrera, who goes the other way and gets it in just over the fence around the 314 mark.
Sure enough, with two out in the first, Cano walks on four pitches (see my previous post). Alex walks. Teix pops up. 2-0 Tigers after one.
Still 2-0 after three. Yanks don’t have a hit yet.
Garcia has been good. 5 K in 4 IP. Only that one mistake. Yanks still don’t have a hit after four.
Bottom five. With one out, Posada walks, Martin HBP. Gardner lines out. Jeter grounds out. Still 2-0 Tigers and Yanks still hitless.
Freddy lets the game get away in the sixth. Error by Jeter. Single by Magglio. After an out, Cabrera singles to make it 3-0, Martinez single 4-0. Garcia out, Logan in. Freddy wasn’t that bad, until losing it here. But the Yanks don’t have a hit.
Logan balks. Sheesh. Gets a K, then another. 4-0 after 5 1/2.
Garcia: 5 1/3, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Not great, but an OK performance by Freddy. As stated, the Yanks have no hits, so…
Cano breaks up the no-no in the 6th.
Logan 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Wade the 7th.
In the seventh, Swish walks, Posada singles. Scherzer out of there. Martin flies out. Chavez PH for Gardner. K. …and it is pouring rain. Of course. Jeter K. 4-0 after 7. Yanks don’t have a beef. They have just 2 hits.
To the bottom of the 8th. Still 4-0 Tigers.
Granderson homers. 4-1 after 8.
A-Rod still killing the Yanks. 0 for the first two games. He really doesn’t look right. If he plays, drop him from cleanup. But then, maybe he shouldn’t be playing at all.
Ayala in for Wade.
Wade: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
HBP, sac, GO, but Ayala can’t get out of the inning. Single makes it 5-1.
Ayala: 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Maybe a good sign despite the loss? Swisher, a king of postseason misery, homers in the 9th to make it 5-2. Maybe out of a postseason funk?
Posada triples. Martin walks. SF by Andruw. 5-3. Jeter whiffs. Granderson walks.
Cano, the winning run, up. It’s pouring rain… again.
Robbie grounds out. Game over. Tigers even the series at one apiece.
Big one tomorrow. CC vs. Verlander.