With snow falling in April during the third game of this four game set between the Yankees and Tigers at Comerica Park, we saw 10 runs, 87 pitches, 20 batters, seven hits and six walks as the New York built a 6-4 lead through the first inning alone. The whole inning lasted nearly 50 minutes, which isn’t exactly a positive sign for the MLB and their attempt to speed up the pace of play.
The Yankees had their way early against David Price, in what’s becoming a new trend. Keep in mind that the last time the Yankees faced David Price was on August 27, 2014 and they chased him after two innings while piling on eight runs and 12 hits.
On Wednesday, the Yankees managed to bat around in the first inning, and their early six-run onslaught was highlighted by a bases clearing Gregorio Petit double that plated Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and Chase Headley.
After a long wait and walking right into frigid snowfall, Adam Warren took the mound for the Yankees, and the Tigers offense would get four runs back in a hurry. Warren walked in a run when J.D. Martinez earned a base on balls with the bases loaded, Yoenis Cespedes ripped an infield single that plated Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos induced a ground ball out that resulted in another RBI and Alex Avilla singled in J.D. Martinez and just like that the Tigers were within two runs heading into the second inning.
Fortunately, the Yankees were able to capitalize on Price again, scoring two more runs in their half of the second on back-to-back two out triples from Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley. David Price went on to intentionally walk Petit and followed that up by getting the struggling Didi Gregorius to end the inning on a pop out to center field.
After two of the first three Yankee batters in the third inning reached base of two hard-hit singles, David Price was chased from the game, leaving with a final line of 2.1 innings pitched, 10 hits against, 8 runs allowed, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts and a 30.86 ERA. Entering Wednesday’s game, David Price was flashing a 0.40 ERA, but he had nothing in the tank Wednesday night.
Adam Warren would have retired the side in order again in the bottom of the third had it not been for a Didi Gregarious error that allowed J.D. Martinez to reach first base, but no damage was done in the inning anyway.
As a matter of fact Warren wen’t on to pitch 5.2 innings, gave up just five hits and all four of the Detroit Tigers earned runs in the ball game. He struck out three and walked four, but thanks to the Yankees offensive outbreak, this performance was good enough to earn Adam Warren his first win of the season, improving his record to 1-1 with 4.82 ERA.
Brian McCann even saw some work at first base in the bottom of the eight inning for the first time since last season, as Girardi put J.R. Murphy behind the dish and elected to give Teixeira the rest of the night off.
Everyone who started the game for the Yankees managed to record at least one hit in the ball game while everyone except Didi Gregorius eventually wen’t on to touch home plate by scoring a run.
When all was said and done the Yankees cruised to a 13-4 victory, taking a 2-1 series lead on the Detroit Tigers. Had it not been for Joe Girardi mis-managing in game one, you can make the argument that the Yankees should be 3-0 this series, but either way, the Yankees will have the opportunity to win their second straight series as they’ll play their fourth and final game of the series at 1:05 pm Thursday afternoon when Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill against the struggling Anibal Sanchez.
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