Brett Bleepin’ Gardner Strikes Again, Tigers Fall in Bottom of the Ninth After Dramatic Comeback

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Justin Verlander got stronger as the game went on and the Tigers offense woke up in the late innings to erase a 4-1 deficit on solo homers from Brayan Peña, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez, but Brett Gardner hit a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory.

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Verlander struggled early on, as he gave up some hard contact, but got better as the game progressed. Verlander went 7 IP, giving up four runs on seven hits and one walk, with nine strikeouts. He maintained good velocity, and the curveball looked sharp today. Verlander threw 28 curveballs, 65.38% of them SNiP (strikes not in play). Verlander’s average fastball velocity was 95.33mph and he topped out at 99.27mph. Take that, Jack Clark!

A hobbling Cabrera had another big day, as he went 2-for-3 and hit one of the key homers in the ninth inning. He also doubled and just barely made it into second base. Prince Fielder had a hit, though the power is still absent; Fielder hasn’t homered since July 24th, a stretch of 16 games.

Martinez continues to surge after an ice cold start. Martinez, who had been struggling to get his OBP over .300 in the first half is now hitting .281/.337/.407 for the season and .357/.419/.476 since the All Star Break.

Phil Coke managed a scoreless inning. He came in after Verlander and held the Yankees hitless, with one strikeout. José Veras followed him up and took the loss on the Gardner homerun.

The Tigers head to Chicago next. Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50 ERA) will start for the Tigers and Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77 ERA) will start for the White Sox. Game time is 8:10 PM.

  • Ryan

    It’s nice to see Verlander keep his walks down finally.

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