The Detroit Tigers offense continued to be tamed by average pitchers and Justin Verlander continued his comeback tour with another strong effort, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped the third game of their four-game set with the New York Yankees, 5-1.
Detroit scored the game’s first run in the first inning without the aid of a hit, which seems rather appropriate considering the struggles at the plate post-All-Star break. An error, stolen base, bounce out, and sac fly accounted for the Tigers’ only run on the night.
Verlander continued his string of good outings, only surrendering two mistakes–very costly mistakes however. He allowed only five runs, but two of those were solo homers, one to Chase Headley in the fifth and the other to Brian McCann in the seventh, his second homer in two nights. J.V. went seven innings, throwing 114 pitches, allowing two walks, and five strikeouts.
After the Yankees took the 2-1 lead, the Tigers had a great opportunity to answer back in the eighth inning. After two errors by Stephen Drew, there were runners at the corners with one out. J.D. Martinez stuck out and Nick Castellanos flew out to right to end the rally.
New York padded their lead in the bottom of that inning. Blaine Hardy turned a one-run nail-biter into a foregone conclusion by allowing three runs.
Detroit will look to earn a split of the four-game series Thursday afternoon before heading to Toronto for a three-game weekend series. Rick Porcello (13-5, 3.18) will look to add to his AL-best (tied for major league best) 13 wins when he faces off against Shane Greene (2-1, 3.68). First pitch will be sometime around 1:05.