Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yankees Bats Can't Stay Hot in Rubber Game Loss to Tigers

Hiroki Kuroda tossed 7 innings of two-run ball and Jacoby Ellsbury recorded a two-out RBI Single in the top of the third, but since the offense couldn't do much against Kyle Lobstein and the bullpen struggled in the ninth the Yankees lost to the Tigers today, 3-2, in the rubber game at Comerica Park. 

During his outing this afternoon, as expected, Kuroda looked really good, allowing just four hits and a walk to keep the score tied.

Nonetheless, after Brian McCann broke a 1-1 draw with a groundout in the fourth the veteran wasn't able to maintain New York's slim lead, giving up a run in the fifth that seemed to kill the Yanks' offensive momentum. 

Yes, in the top of the ninth they got men to the corners for McCann, but again, they still weren't able to cross home in that at-bat, a failure that cost them big in the bottom of that inning when Detroit Catcher Alex Avila stepped to the plate.

Facing not-so-sharp Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley with two on and two out, Avila quickly lined a slider from the former off the right field wall, easily driving in Victor Martinez to officially end the contest, one which will likely not leave the Yanks' thoughts anytime soon.

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