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Yankees lose game 3 season on the brink

Detroit, MI (Oct 4) – The New York Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers by the score of 5-4 on Monday night. CC Sabathia started the game and was not at his best as he had a little problem with the umpire’s strike zone. Justin Verlander was good for the Tigers but he did give up four runs and usually a game winning indication. Rafael Soriano looked good in his first action in the postseason although, he gave up a homerun. Jorge Posada continues to be the Yankees best hitter in the postseason.

Sabathia pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up four runs on seven hits, walked six and struck out three. Soriano pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up one hit and one run and striking out one. Soriano took the loss. Robertson pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Verlander pitched eight innings for the Tigers and gave up six hits and four runs with 3 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Jeter had two hits, Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI and two walks. Posada had a hit and two walks, Brett Gardner had two hits, two RBI and a walk. Gardner had a double Granderson had a triple. Eduardo Nunez had a stolen base. The Yankees were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base.

The Yankees came out on fire against Verlander. Jeter led off the game with a single and Granderson hit an RBI triple to give them a 1-0 lead. Rodriguez hit an RBI groundout and it was 2-0. It looked like the Yankees were going to be in good shape this game. Sabathia right from the start labored. He was able to hold Detroit off the board with a couple of double plays until the third inning. The Tigers scored two runs to tie the game at two but it could have been a lot worse. Ramon Santiago had an RBI single and Miguel Cabrera grounded into a double play scoring another run.

The Tigers had the bases loaded and no outs so the Yankees happily took the tie because the game could have been broken wide open at that point. Santiago hit an RBI double in the fifth to give Detroit a 3-2 lead. In the sixth Johnny Peralta hit an RBI double to give, the Tigers a 4-2 lead and Verlander was cruising at this point.

The Yankees struck back in the seventh inning with two outs and no one on base. Posada walked and a pitch hit Martin. Gardner hit a two run double to tie the game at four. In the eighth inning, Soriano gave up a solo homerun to Delmon Young and the Tigers grabbed a 5-4 lead, which they held onto. The Tigers are now one win away from the ALCS. Jose Valverde their closer walked a tight rope in the ninth inning but with two on and two out Jeter struck out to end the game. It will be interesting to see if Valverde has anything left for Game 4 if he is needed because in the last two days he has thrown over 50 pitches.

The Yankees trail the series two games to one and need to win on Tuesday night to bring it back home to the Bronx for a deciding Game 5. The Yankees who were not going to pitch A.J. Burnett in this series unless he came out of the bullpen now will send him to the mound to save their season. The focus is on him and if he will be able to deliver but the offense needs to come alive in a big way and carry the Yankees now.

The Yankees four and five hitters, Rodriguez and Teixeira are 1-21 in this series and they need them to get a couple of hits and get them home to Yankee Stadium where they will feel good about a Game 5 on Thursday night.

Gary W. Marchese Jr. WorldNewsVine

gmarchesej Posted by on October 4, 2011. Filed under Headline News,MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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