Legends On Deck

Gardner And Yankees Dominate Tigers In 14-3 Win

Brett Gardner continues to show his offensive dominance for the Yankees. (Gabe Rodriguez)

Brett Gardner continues to show his offensive dominance for the Yankees.
(Gabe Rodriguez)

In the first game of the series on Friday night the New York Yankees were able to get by Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers 7-2 in game in which Alex Rodriguez earned hit number 3,000. On Saturday night in game two of the series, the Yankees continued with that offensive dominance as they took an early lead against right-hander Alfredo Simon (ERA 3.29) en route to the  14-3  victory.

In the bottom of e first, Alex Rodriguez was able to reach on a fielder’s choice by Detroit’s third baseman Andrew Romine who would then misjudge the throw and on the error allow Rodriguez to advance to second and Brett Gardner to score.

In the bottom of the second Didi Gregorius hit a solo homerun on a line drive to right field, his second in as many games. The Yankees then took a three run lead with a sac fly by Alex Rodriguez to send Stephen Drew home.

The bottom of the third would get worse for Simon but beneficial for the Yankees first with a solo homerun by Carlos Beltran and then after getting two outs in the inning would allow back to back single by Chris Young and Brett Gardner. Simon’s night was then over after another single by Chase Headley that would send Young home for a 5-0 ballgame. Reliever Ian Krol then replaced Simon and with a 1-1 count would allow a three run homer by Rodriguez, his fourteenth of the season on a 93mph fastball to left field.

Simon’s short outing as just two and two-thirds, allowing seven runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out two batters.

In the bottom of the fourth, Beltran hit his second homerun of the night and seventh on the season, on a fly ball to right. Back to back singles off of Krol by Gregorius and Drew then put runners in scoring position with Young at the plate who would then hit a single on a ground ball to third to send one runner home for a 10-0 Yankees’ lead.

Krol went one and one-third innings with five hits and three runs allowed.

New York then increased their lead to thirteen runs with Tom Gorzelanny now on the mound for the Tigers. Gorzelanny started the inning with consecutive singles bu Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez and then a walk  by Mark Teixeira. A RBI single by Brian McCann then sent one runner home and load the bases yet again. Beltran was then hit by a pitch to walk the next baserunner in and load the bases again. Teixeira then scored when Gregorius scored.

Yankees’ pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (ERA 4.95) pitched a solid six innings  allowing two runs off of three hits; striking out four batters and advanced to (6-2). The Tigers wouldn’t get those runs in until the top of the seventh when Eovaldi would leave runners on when he was relieved by recent call-up Bryan Mitchell.

Mitchell would get out of the seventh inning after allowing three runs by the Tigers.

The Yankees were then able to tack on one more run with a solo homerun by Chris Young on a line drive to left off of the Tigers’ relieve Al Alburquerque.

Bryan Mitchell earned his first Major League save as he pitched three innings allowing one run off of four hits and struck out two batters.

Honorable Mention:

OF Brett Gardner was 3 for 6, 2B, 3B and was just a homerun shy of the cycle. On Friday night he as 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs and a triple shy of the cycle.

Alex Rodriguez was 2 for 3; 5 RBIs

Carlos Beltran was 2 for 3; 3 RBIs; 2 HR

Chris Young was 3 for 5; 2 RBIs; HR

Up Next:

The final game of the series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers will take place at 1:05pm with RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2.49, 4-2) taking the start for New York and RHP Anibal Sanchez (4.65, 5-7) on the mound for Detroit.


Bethany Cohen
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