Things looked optimistic for the Yankees early, but they unraveled quickly as they were held to just six hits and Phil Hughes was chased in the fifth inning during an 8-4 loss to the Tigers in Detroit.
The Yankees bats looked good early when Vernon Wells led off the second with a homer followed by a Brennan Boesch triple and a Lyle Overbay double. However, besides the homer they failed to score after Boesch easily got thrown out at home on a sac fly attempt.
Hughes tried his best to keep them in the game, but eventually the Tigers’ powerful offense got to him and touched him up for a four-run fifth inning that made it 5-1. Hughes looked good at times, but ran out of gas quickly and it looked like what it was — a rehab start.
The Yankees bats came back the very next inning when they scored three runs on an RBI-single by Travis Hafner and a two-run single by Overbay. That only made it 5-4 though and they wouldn’t get another hit for the rest of the game.
It’s not like the Yankees bullpen held it together though as the Tigers jumped on them for a couple more runs in the sixth off of David Phelps. The Tigers tacked on another run off of Joba Chamberlain in the eighth to make it 8-4.
• Boone Logan once again came in to try to keep a winnable game from getting out of hand in the fifth inning and blew it the second day in a row.
• The bullpen hasn’t been much better as it owns a collective ERA of 8.10 which even includes Warren’s strong outing.
• The run the Tigers scored in the first inning was an unearned run after Jayson Nix botched an easy ground ball.
• The Yankees rally in the sixth inning might have been more effective as they initially got a bad call their way when Wells was doubled off first base by Prince Fielder. Jim Leyland argued the call though and the umps eventually reversed it. The call was ultimately the correct one, but they might have won the game had the initial call been overruled.