Big Game Mike The Yankees started off their seven-game road trip with an impressive 8-1 win in Kansas City, a game that was a makeup from a rainout in June. Michael Pineda had yet another brilliant outing, allowing just one run on five hits in his third start since coming off the DL.
He is the third American League pitcher in the last 100 years to allow two runs or fewer and five hits or fewer in each of his first seven starts of the season. The others are White Sox pitcher Cisco Carlos in 1967 and Angels pitcher Jered Weaver in 2006.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, including the 1,000th hit of his career, earning our obscure Yankeemetric of the Week:
He is the 11th major-league player from Oregon with at least 1,000 career hits, but just the second one of those to reach the milestone in a Yankee uniform. The other was Hillsboro, Oregon native Scott Brosius on October 2, 2001.
Five is enough At least the Yankees are consistent. They entered the series opener vs the Tigers with five straight wins and at seven games over .500, both matching season-highs. So of course the Yankees lost on Tuesday, failing to get over the hump once again.
Ellsbury provided all the offense for the Yankees, going 3-for-4 with two solo homers. He is the first Yankee leadoff batter with a multi-homer game against the Tigers since Rickey Henderson in a 6-4 loss on June 21, 1985.
Brandon McCarthy had his worst start as a Yankee (five runs on nine hits), but still only walked two batters.
He has two or fewer walks and pitched more than five innings in each of his first nine starts in pinstripes, matching Tommy John (1979) for the second-longest such streak to start a Yankee career in the last 100 years. The only pitcher with a longer streak was Jimmy Key, who fashioned a 13-game streak in 1993.
'Keep the line moving' We talk a lot about not being able to predict baseball.... I think the Yankees eight-run third inning, which included nine straight hits, in Wednesday's 8-4 win qualifies as such.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the nine straight hits allowed by David Price are the most consecutive hits allowed by a former Cy Young Award winner. Elias also notes that the Yankees are the first AL team to have nine consecutive hits in an inning since the 1996 Tigers.
Price became the first pitcher to allow at least 12 hits in two innings or fewer against Yankees since George Uhle, who also pitched for the Tigers, did so in 1929.
Shane Greene dominated the Tigers again, pitching seven innings of two-run ball, which nearly matched the eight scoreless innings he threw against them on August 7. He is the first Yankee to win each of his first two career games against the Tigers, pitching at least seven innings in each outing, since Spec Shea in 1947.
Lost in the ninth The Yankees lost the rubber game of the series with the Tigers, 3-2, on a walk-off hit by Alex Avila.
This was the second game-winning hit in the ninth inning or later against the Yankees by Avila this season (go-ahead homer in top of 12th inning on August 5). He is the first Tigers batter with two go-ahead hits in the ninth inning or later against the Yankees in a season since Lou Whitaker in 1989.
Hiroki Kuroda got a no-decision despite allowing two runs in seven innings. This is the 21st game over the last two seasons in which Kuroda has given up no more than three runs in at least six innings pitched and didn't get the win. The last Yankee pitcher to have that many “tough-luck” games over a two-season span was Mel Stottlemyre from 1969-70.
Dellin Betances threw another scoreless inning with two strikeouts, the 34th time this season he's allowed no runs and had at least two strikeouts in an outing. That matches the Orioles' B.J. Ryan (2004) and the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez (2004) for the most games pitched with zero runs and two-or-more strikeouts by an AL reliever in a single season.