Wednesday, August 8, 2012
DETROIT—Curtis Granderson enjoyed immediate results from a drop in the batting order, homering and driving in four runs, but the Yankees still had to fight late to hold off the Tigers for a 12-8 victory on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
Dropped to the No. 6 spot in New York’s lineup after a recent slump, Granderson responded with a run-scoring single in the first inning, a three-run homer in the third inning and also scored a run after a seventh-inning double.
The night wasn’t as breezy as the Yankees might have expected when they wielded a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning. Detroit batted around for four runs in a sloppy seventh, forcing the Yankees to sweat for just their seventh win in 19 games.
After nearly blowing a 7-0 lead with their ace on the mound, this game felt less like a win and more like a non-loss, if that makes sense. I suppose as fans of the worst team of all time we should take whatever we can get.
I didn’t have a problem with Joe GIrardi pulling CC after 93 pitches. He was laboring over the last few innings and I’ve often felt his workload should be managed a bit better to keep him fresher in October, not that it matters this year. If the Yankee defense and David Robertson had done their jobs, the game probably would have remained a laugher.
Can the Yankees do the unthinkable and split the series tomorrow?