Detorit starter Brad Penny – usually shelled by the Bombers – outdueled CC Sabathia tonight, limiting the Yanks to just one run (unearned) in six strong innings. But, it was the Yankees who made it that much harder on themselves. A night after going 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position but still coming away with the win, the Yanks’ fortunes were not the same tonight, thanks to a few gaffes on the basepaths.


The Yanks got a shaky outing from CC tonight, considering the fact that he’s CC and was facing the struggling Tigers. Sabathia allowed 13 baserunners off of 10 hits, yielding four runs. He did last into the eighth and left with just a 4-1 deficit, but I did have higher expectations (and probably all of you did as well) heading into the game.

The Tigers got on the boards quick. After back-to-back doubles, an RBI groundout, and a sac-fly, Detroit finished the first inning with a 2-0 lead. In the fifth, Detroit made it 4-1 on an RBI triple by former Bomber, Austin Jackson, that was followed by an RBI single.

The story of the night, however, was missed chances.

Penny looked to be in trouble early as the Yanks had two baserunners in each of the first two innings. But Penny escaped both jams and a Yankee didn’t cross the plate until the fourth, when infielder Scott Sizemore made an error that led to an unearned run. The Tigers escaped more damage later in that inning, when Brett Gardner lined out to shallow right and Casper Wells threw out Andruw Jones’ tag up attempt at the plate, ending the threat.

The Yankees gave Penny even more assistance in the sixth inning. Robinson Cano was on first base when a pitch briefly got away from Tigers catcher Alex Avila. Cano started toward second, but then held up. He ended up in a rundown after Avila retrieved the ball and was tagged out. After, Jorge Posada singled but was caught leaving early before Penny even made a move to the plate. All Penny had to do was turn, throw, out.

Mark Teixeira sent a solo, patented Tex Message in the eighth to cut the deficit to two – but the shorthanded Tigers’ bullpen was able to hold on and snap a seven-game skid.

Key Stats

8: Teixeira’s solo shot was his eighth of the season.

10: On the mound, CC allowed a season-high ten hits.

What’s Next?

The Yankees look to correct their fundamental mistakes in game three of their four-game set in Motown.

On the bump: Freddy Garcia (1-1, 2.00 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (4-0, 3.82 ERA)