David Price was the story, but the Tigers’ resilience should not be overlooked as they won a 12 inning marathon over the Yankees, 4-3.
Price was everything the Tigers could’ve asked. He gave them 8 2/3 innings, allowing three runs – two on solo homers, which has really been his only problem this season – and striking out ten while walking none. He pounded the strike zone and largely kept Yankee hitters off balance all night. His 8.2 innings also preserved the bullpen.
Price was saddled with a no-decision in large part because of an offense that again struggled to get going. They scored first with Rajai Davis and Miguel Cabrera singles followed by a Victor Martinez sac fly, but everything went quiet against Hiroki Kuroda after that. Until the sixth, that is, when Andrew Romine managed to get a line drive up and over the wall into the right field short porch for a true Yankee Stadium homer. That closed the score to 3-2, and in the 7th, the Tigers tied it on an Alex Avila RBI single.
After that, it was a battle of attrition between the bullpens. Joba Chamberlain got to return to his old stomping grounds and he shut down a Yankee threat in the ninth and added a scoreless tenth – getting to face Derek Jeter and hitting him with a 1-2 pitch. Joakim Soria took the 11th, adding a scoreless inning of his own. Joe Girardi used a cavalcade of relievers with closer David Robertson unavailable due to heavy usage, but it wasn’t until the 12th that they came to a breaking point as Avila took Matt Daley deep to give Detroit a 4-3 lead. Joe Nathan pitched a 1-2-3 inning, dodging a warning track fly ball, to get the Tigers the victory.