Thursday, August 24, 2017
Jose Iglesias’ bases-clearing double in the seventh inning put the Tigers ahead for good in a wild getaway matinee, thwarting a Yankees attempt a series sweep with a 10-6 Detroit win Thursday at Comerica Park.
The game was interrupted by three bench-clearing incidents—one that led to blows between Miguel Cabrera and Austin Romine following a Tommy Kahnle pitch behind Cabrera, another the next inning following a Dellin Betances pitch that hit James McCann in the helmet and put the go-ahead run on base. By game’s end, both managers had been ejected, along with a coach and five players.
The Betances pitch led to Betances’ ejection, as well as Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, and put the eventual go-ahead run on base. After David Robertson hit John Hicks with a pitch on the hands and walked JaCoby Jones on four pitches, Iglesias lined a double deep into the gap in left-center field.
The loss was obviously terrible. Jaime Garcia did not pitch well, Adam Warren was terrible and then David Robertson was awful.
The umpires were terrible, not warning the Tigers after Michael Fullmer clearly threw at Sanchez intentionally but then ejecting Tommy Kahnle when he did the same thing. Then they tossed Betances when he accidentally hit a batter (worst of all, they weren’t even GOING to eject Betances until the Tigers complained, making it a bigger joe) so D-Rob wasn’t really ready to come in. Doesn’t excuse him being terrible, but it at least does explain it a little bit.
But no, the REAL problem was that after Cabrera was hit and he went nuts, Gary Sanchez (who was DHing today, so he wasn’t even on the field at the time) came running in throwing cheap shots at Tiger players. It was mind-numbingly stupid. There has been this recent sort of mythologizing of “real” baseball fights, because fights rarely get too physical nowadays, and that stupid machismo likely influenced Sanchez into thinking that he was doing something proper and not being a complete moron. If the Yankees are lucky, Sanchez probably misses the Seattle series this weekend and a few games in the Cleveland series. If they’re unlucky, he could miss both series and one of the Red Sox games. Probably not that bad, as that’d be 8 games, and even Rougned Odor (the guy MLB ridiculously gave 8 games to for nailing Jose Bautista in the face with a haymaker last year after Bautista slid into his legs trying to break up a double play) got his suspension knocked down to 7 games.
But with Sanchez hitting the ball like crazy (he had his fifth home run in four games tonight), this is a huge loss for the Yankees and with them playing some good teams, this could be a huge turning point in the wrong direction for the season. This is where “keeping it real” goes way, way wrong.
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