Things were looking up in tonight’s battle against the visiting Tigers for most of the game. The Yankees scored first, and even after the Tigers tied up the game, there was hope for a walk-off victory. Until there wasn’t.
In the 2nd, DJ LeMahieu hit a 1-out single, moved to 3rd on Tauchman’s ground-rule double, and then scored on Clint Frazier’s sacrifice fly. Not a bad way to make his return to the lineup by being responsible to get the Yankees on the board. But the Yankees just weren’t doing much to combat the Tigers’ pitching staff. So it was the only run they’d score tonight.
Masahiro Tanaka got the start tonight, throwing 87 pitches into the 7th inning, giving up 8 hits but only 1 run, and striking out 7 Detroit batters. With 2 outs in the 6th, he gave up consecutive doubles that got the Tigers on the board to tie up the game. Other than that, it was a pretty good outing for the veteran starter, getting out of some jams and handing a decent game over to his relievers.
Adam Ottavino’s 13 pitches sailed through his 4 outs, including 3 stellar strikeouts. So, with the game tied, they went to closer Aroldis Chapman in the 9th for 3 quick outs to set up a great comeback in the bottom of the inning. But Chapman just found one problem after another. He gave up a 1-out walk that scored the go-ahead run on an RBI double. Then that runner scored on a 2-out single.
The Yankees were quickly shutdown in the bottom of the inning with 3 efficient outs by a former teammate.
Final score: 3-1 Tigers
On a lighter note: With the recent injuries and subsequent call-ups, there are many ways that players will get themselves to the game to join the team and be ready to jump in the game if called upon. They’ve hopped last-minute planes (the usual option), trains, subways, hailed cabs, and driven a car. But Tyler Wade’s journey to Yankee Stadium was a new one but one built for 2019.
Wade was set to play with the Yankees’ AAA team the RailRiders in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania. But upon getting that coveted call, he did the most logical thing millennials do when they need to get somewhere fast. He opened his phone and ordered an Uber. A few minutes later, he got into a minivan and told the driver to “floor it” the 128 miles to Yankee Stadium.
That’s right, it’s 128 miles from PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Scranton) to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. That’s an estimated $166.49 – $267.59. Plus tip, which I’m sure was part of the promise of reciprocity for “flooring it”. And my guess is he would be able to expense that back to the Yankees.
And yes, he made it to Yankee Stadium for the game last night, though he didn’t play then. He started at 2nd base tonight, going 1-for-3. Another good start for a another call-up.