Ahead 4-0, the Tigers didn't score in their half of the seventh. But then, the Tigers didn't need to score in their half of the seventh. They just needed to keep the Yankees from scoring four runs before recording nine outs.
They're a third of the way there.
That brought Jim Leyland out of the Detroit dugout, and he replaced Scherzer with eighth-inning man Joaquin Benoit. The eighth-inning man in the seventh inning? It's almost as if Leyland sensed that this was a critical moment.
And Benoit delivered. Russell Martin knocked a can of corn to right-center. Eric Chavez then whiffed at three straight pitches, and Benoit froze Derek Jeter to escape the jam. Jeter disputed the call, but it was really the perfect pitch:
A changeup right on the edge. It doesn't get much better in a 1-and-2 count.
It's important to note that rain started to fall while the Yankees were batting. Hard rain. Possibly distracting rain. Who knows if the rain bothered Chavez and Jeter while they were trying to hit? But the game went on, Chavez and Jeter struck out, and the rain has now all but passed. Ahead four in the eighth, the Tigers are sitting pretty. They've led 77 games this season after seven innings, and won all 77.