It was considered a possible game for the ages on paper. Justin Verlander, the ace of the Detroit Tigers, was pitted against CC Sabathia, the ace of the NY Yankees. All eyes were on the two workhorses against two of the most powerful offenses in the American League.
The Tigers got on the board first in the top of the 1st inning with two outs as Delmon Young hit a solo homerun just over the short porch in right field to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. At first, I thought Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher had caught the ball.
The lead was short-lived, as Verlander struggled a bit with his command. Derek Jeter led off the game by striking out, but the ball bounced away from Tigers catcher Alex Avila and Jeter hustled to first base. Curtis Granderson, the former Tiger, walked. Robinson Cano followed with a ground ball to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera couldn’t get the ball out of his glove to start the double-play, so he had to settle for just getting Cano out at first. Alex Rodriguez followed with a ground ball to third baseman Brandon Inge, but Inge bobbled it a bit (which hurt his chances of getting Jeter at the plate) and settled for throwing ARod out at first. The Yankees tied the game at 1-1 without a hit.
Sabathia settled into the 2nd inning, as he struck out two and threw 12 pitches. He also pitched through heavy rain.
The rains continued and the umpires decided to throw on the tarp (at around 9:10pm ET). If you were watching the game on TBS, Tom Verducci talked about how the weather reports said that there was supposed to be intermittent rain that they could play through. Instead, they received downpours (remember the 2008 World Series?).
At around 10:30pm ET, all sides (umpires, MLB executives, both team’ managers, and both teams’ GMs) decided to call the game. It will be continued on Saturday night at 8:37pm ET on TBS. The game will be picked up in the bottom of the 2nd inning (with the Yankees 7-8-9 hitters coming to the plate) with the game tied at 1-1.
When the game resumes, Doug Fister will be on the mound for the Tigers, while Ivan Nova will start the top of the 3rd inning for the Yankees. No news yet on when Verlander and Sabathia will get back into a game. Verlander threw just 25 pitches, while Sabathia threw 27.
It’s not exactly the way Game 1 was supposed to play out.
*Sunday’s off-day is now Game 2 beginning at 3:07pm ET at Yankee Stadium.
**UPDATE: I’m hearing that Max Scherzer will now start Game 2 on Sunday, with Verlander going in Game 3 on Monday, followed by Rick Porcello and then Fister for a possible Game 5. Freddy Garcia will now start Game 2 for the Yankees (though Sabathia is lobbying for that start). The rain may change the Yankees hopes of only using three starters.