What a bummer. I was really looking forward to getting into this horse mask thing and now it's over before it really got going. That's the biggest loss here tonight. Not the ground in the Wild Card race or the ground to the team directly ahead of New York in the Wild Card race, but the loss of the horse mask mystique.
Brandon McCarthy's stuff has played up since coming over, but he was missing that sharpness to his game tonight and it showed in a variety of ways. He gave up a couple of doubles to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera, walked 2 batters and hit another in the 2nd and walked in the first Detroit run, and missed with a cutter with 2 outs in the 3rd to surrender a run-scoring hit. There was going to be a night like tonight eventually for McCarthy. Too bad it had to come tonight.
The lineup was doing exactly what they did last time against Porcello and getting plenty of hits off him. They had at least 1 in every inning except the 2nd. Once again, though, they weren't getting the big one when they needed it. They stranded 2 runners in the 3rd and 4th innings, the lame ducks coming with 1 out in the 4th. The only hit that did any good was Jacoby Ellsbury's solo home run in the 5th to get them on the board.
Things got worse in a hurry for McCarthy in the 6th. Victor Martinez led off with a single, J.D. Martinez rapped a double to left to put runners in scoring position with nobody out, and the Tigers brought both of them home with a Nick Castellanos single and a GIDP. Not the back-breaking rally it could have been, but plenty more than what the Yankees did with their RISP. Credit to the Tigers too, they put some good swings on some decent pitches.
Even without the back breaker, Detroit was in control late. Hunter singled home an insurance run in the 7th to end McCarthy's night and only another Ellsbury homer in the 8th made the score seem remotely close. Esmil Rogers played the reverse David Huff role from Monday night, getting the final 5 outs and striking out 3. At least the bullpen will be well rested for the final 2 games of this series.
- 5th multi-hit game in the last 8 for Ellsbury and back-to-back games with a big fly. Also his first multi-HR game since August 6th of last year. Is it me or does he always seem to heat up when it gets out that he's "sore" or "beat up"?
- That's a hit in every game and 6 in 4 for Carlos Beltran since returning to action. He's also scored 4 runs in those 4 games.
- First start with 2 or more BB for McCarthy since his last start against Detroit on 8/4. Remarkably, he hasn't had a single start with more than 2 in a Yankee uniform.
- Tough night at the dish for Brian McCann. 1-4 with 1 K and 2 GIDPs. Rally killer City, population Big Mac.
- The 6-9 spots in the lineup went 1-14 with 3 LOB. I really hope Gardner is good to go soon. It'd be nice for Headley to start hitting a little again too.