This is going to be quick because I have a headache that would render a giant useless. I am in agony right now but I am still laughing at the ending of tonight’s game.
A walk off passed ball? Really? Alex Rodriguez was at the plate with a 3-0 count and Tigers pitcher Brayan Villreal threw a pitch that Alex Avila couldn’t get to. Rodriguez waved Derek Jeter home – Jeter was on third with one out and Jeter was safe on a bad throw from Avila.
Neither Justin Verlander nor Ivan Nova factored into the decision. Nova had his worst outing of the season and Verlander gave up two home runs tonight. Rodriguez’s opposite field shot pulled the Yankees within one run 3-2 in the fourth and Russell Martin put the Yankees ahead 4-3 in the fifth.
Verlander is still winless at the new Yankee Stadium.
Joe Girardi was ejected from the game by Country Joe West and after the game Girardi repeated, ‘I wasn’t real pleased with the zone.’ a couple of times. He explained how one game can make a difference in making the playoffs and sitting home and how every game is important. I think what he wanted to say was “Joe West is a fat piece of s*** who sucks at his job and should retire.” Oh no, that was me.
This is a good win for the Yanks. You always want to win a game started by Verlander because you need to take advantage of him not being on top of his game. And when you have Freddy Garcia going tomorrow, you know it’s going to be an adventure.
Boone Logan, Cory Wade, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera kept the Tigers scoreless from the sixth inning on and Rivera picked up his first win of the season.
Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the ninth and picked up his first win of the season.
(Okay so this wasn’t so short…)