Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Right-hander Anibal Sanchez pitched a season-high 6 2/3 innings and John Hicks lifted a three-run homer in the Tigers’ 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez, who has struggled for much of this season, kept opposing hitters off-balance and buckled down with runners in scoring position, as he held the Yankees to one hit in six at-bats in those situations.
Didi Gregorius singled home Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning to bring the Yankees within a run, which forced Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to call on Shane Greene for a five-out save. Greene, who was making his first appearance as closer, got Matt Holliday to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the eighth before working around a pair of two-out walks—one intentional—and his own errant throw in the ninth.
Not only was that an extremely frustrating loss (the errant throw by Shane Greene almost sent Ellsbury home from first base to tie the game!), but at the same time, Chris Sale gave up 7 runs, the Red Sox came back to take a 9-7 lead and then the Indians came back to score 1 in the 8th and then 2 off of Kimbrel in the 9th to take a lead, only for Christian fucking Vazquez to hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, so the Yankees head back to second place in the AL East.
This division is right there for the taking, but the Red Sox aren’t going to make it super easy, either.
Let’s hope that we don’t get the normal daytime Tanaka tomorrow in the series finale. Also, it sucks to see the Indians losing tough games against the Red Sox, as you imagine that the regression will not be pleasant for the Yankees when they go to Cleveland for four games this weekend.
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