Pitchers dominated the action yesterday at Comerica Park as the Tigers and the Yankees split a day-night doubleheader that was scheduled following Tuesday’s rainout. Detroit won the opener 2-to-0 as Rick Porcello allowed four hits over seven innings to pick up his third win against 3 losses. Jose Valverde picked up his 10th save. It was by far Porcello’s best outing of the year.
The Tigers did all their scoring in the sixth, with Magglio Ordonez and Brennan Boesch each with an r bi. Austin Jackson got the inning started with a single after the Tigers had been limited to one hit over the first five frames by Yankee starter and loser Javier Vazquez. The rookie Jackson became the first player in the majors this season to reach 50 hits.
In the night game, Phil Hughes and two relievers blanked the Tigers on six hits to win 8-to-0. The Yankees blew it open with six runs in the ninth inning. Jeremy Bonderman had a quality start for Detroit but took the loss, allowing two runs and 5 hits with 7 strikeouts in seven innings of work as his record slipped to 1-and-2.
It’s a good pitching matchup this afternoon in the finale of the four game series with Justin Verlander going for the Tigers against the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia.
Detroit is 3-games behind Central Division leading Minnesota after the Twins yesterday beat the White Sox 3-to 2. And the Cubs ended their 4-game losing streak yesterday afternoon with a 4-to-3 win over the Marlins at Wrigley Field.