Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Headley Chases Tigers
Luis Severino was the starting pitcher, and he struggled, but he won his struggle. When Joe Girardi pulled him after 5 innings -- and 116 pitches -- he'd given up 4 hits and 3 walks, but only 1 run.
The game was scoreless going into the 4th inning, but the Tigers took a 1-0 lead. It didn't last long: Aaron Judge led off the bottom of the 4th with a walk, Gary Sanchez reached on an error, and Matt Holliday drew a walk to load the bases. Cliche alert: Walks and errors can both kill you -- or, in the Yankees' case, save you.
Chase Headley nearly hit one out, settling for a double that scored Judge and Sanchez and got Holliday to 3rd. Todd Frazier singled home Holliday and Headley, and that was pretty much all the Yankees needed.
Judge added a home run in the 5th inning, his 34th of the season. The Yankees got 2 more runs in the 7th, and while the Tigers talled in the 6th and the 9th, the Yankee bullpen was up to the task. Yankees 7, Tigers 3. WP: Severino (8-4). SV: Chapman (13). LP: Michael Fulmer (10-9).
The Boston Red Sox also won, so the Yankees remain a half-game in front. The Magic Number to win the AL East is 56.
The series continues tonight. CC Sabathia starts against Anibal Sanchez. Then a matinee tomorrow, with Masahiro Tanaka starting against Jordan Zimmerman.