Monday, August 4, 2014

McCarthy, Bullpen Shut Down Tigers' Bats in Pitcher's Duel W

Brandon McCarthy didn't allow an earned run in 5 2/3 innings and the bats crossed home twice in the bottom of the third tonight as the Yankees beat the Tigers, 2-1, in a pitcher's duel at the Stadium. 

In this one's top of the second, unsurprisingly, the frightening Detroit offense loaded the bases with just one out, seemingly sealing McCarthy's fate in the early going. 

Fortunetaly, though, McCarthy would later escape the jam, striking out Alex Avila and Eugenio Suarez consecutively to end the threat and most of the Tigers' offensive night. 

Yes, in the fifth Ian Kinsler knocked in a run after Martin Prado committed a throwing error, but since the Yanks still rallied for a pair off Max Scherzer (7 IP, 2 ER) in their half of the third things did turn out alright for the Pinstripes.

To start off that big frame, Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner, and Derek Jeter all singled, bringing up the suddenly-hot Jacoby Ellsbury.

No, New York's $153 million man wouldn't get on, but yes, he did send a deep fly ball to center, one that'd be caught on a dive by Detroit's Ezequiel Carrera to drive home Ichiro and eventually set up a run-scoring hit from Brian McCann.

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