The ALDS matchup between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers has already been a bit odd, thanks to the rain on Friday that threw off the schedule. On Sunday, the rain returned, and nearly cost the Tigers a shot at the win after Alex Avila slipped on the on-deck circle in the ninth inning, just as the Yankees were mounting their comeback. What could've been a dear mistake ended up being a footnote, though, as the Tigers evened the series with a 5-3 Game 2 win.
Below are a few of the highlights from Sunday's live-blog.
The Tigers got Sunday's game started on the right foot in the top of the first, when Miguel Cabrera went deep to right. To get the full experience of the following blockquote, I wholeheartedly recommend you read the update it came from.
Miguel Cabrera got a fastball and sliced it over the right-field fence, just a few rows into the seats. This wasn't a huge surprise, considering Cabrera's one of the greatest hitters on the planet, and hit six home runs to the opposite field this season.
And surprise! Max Scherzer had something going through four innings. That something was a no-hitter. It also didn't last, but it was fun for a while!
But the fact of the matter is that, four innings in, the Yankees are still searching for their first hit. They looked to have Scherzer on the ropes in the first when he walked two straight guys and fell behind a third 3-and-0, but since then he's been outstanding, retiring ten in a row.
The Tigers added insurance in the sixth, tacking on two more runs to push their lead to 4-0, which was good because Scherzer's no-hitter wasn't going to last forever. And in the sixth, the no-hitter came to an end, but Scherzer did make it out of his start both alive and unscathed.
Don't feel too bad for Max Scherzer. By the time he escaped the inning with no damage done, he'd thrown 97 pitches and wasn't going to throw a no-hitter anyway. We can expect the parade of Detroit relievers to begin in the seventh, and this game's not nearly over yet.
After walking Nick Swisher and giving up a single to Jorge Posada in the bottom of the seventh, Scherzer's day was done. Joaquin Benoit was given the ball and he delivered, getting out of the inning unscathed.
Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the eighth to cut the Tigers' lead to 4-1, but that was all the Yankees would get as Benoit retired the next three batters to end the inning. Jose Valverde came on to pitch the ninth, and you'd think the Yankees would've been dead in the water. But not so!
As Jeff Sullivan pointed out, this was what the first six batters did. Robinson Cano came to the plate with the chance to win it, but after a wild start to the inning, Valverde buckled down and closed out the game. The Tigers hung on to win, 4-3, and head back to Detroit with the series even at one game apiece.