Unfortunately, the Tigers ultimately fell short in extras, as the Yankees won 3-2 on a walkoff single from Brett Gardner in the tenth inning off Al Alburquerque.
The Tigers struggled to hit Iván Nova early. Nova was throwing deadly “yellow hammer,” as Jim Price would like to say, as well as a 95mph fastball with swingback movement. Nova kept the Tigers in check for the most part, allowing only a single run through 7 IP, on 8 hits and 2 walks, with 7 strikeouts.
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Rick Porcello was alright. He wasn’t great but he wasn’t terrible either, and the pitch on which he gave up the two-run double to Robinson Cano wasn’t even that bad of a pitch. Porcello did give the Tigers a shot, though.
Tigers relievers also threw 3.1 IP of scoreless relief before Alburquerque took the loss in the tenth. Phil Coke, Jeremy Bonderman, Drew Smyly, Bruce Rondon, and José Veras combined to allow no runs on two hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. Alburquerque went 0.2 IP, giving up one run on two hits and two walks, to go with two strikeouts.
Austin Jackson had a strong offensive night, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored. Cabrera went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and the tying homer off Rivera. Victor Martinez was on base three times as he took two walks and got a base hit in three at bats, and Brayan Peña had a nice offensive night as well as he went 2-for-4.
The Tigers topple to 22 games over .500 with this loss. Their division lead remains seven games because the Indians lost to the Angels tonight, 5-2.
The Tigers send Anibal Sánchez (9-7, 2.58 ERA) to the mound against Phil Hughes (4-10, 4.87 ERA). Hughes has had a pretty rough season, and has struggled in four of his last five starts. In Hughes’ last start against the Tigers, he went only four innings as he gave up four runs—three earned—on eight hits. Sánchez hasn’t pitched against the Yankees this season, and owns a 7.27 ERA against them in 8.2 IP.
Tomorrow’s game starts at 1:08pm.