Friday's Game 1 of the Tigers/Yankees ALDS got off to a bad start for the hosts, when Delmon Young took CC Sabathia out to the opposite field in the top of the first. That gave Justin Verlander a quick 1-0 lead, and, you know, Verlander with a lead...
But the Yankees weren't behind long. They got that run back in the bottom half, and, more, they got that run back without recording a hit. Derek Jeter reached base on a strikeout when a low slider got away from Alex Avila. Curtis Granderson walked to push Jeter to second, Robinson Cano grounded out to push Jeter to third, and Alex Rodriguez grounded out to bring Jeter home.
The Yankees wouldn't score again and stranded runners on the corners, but they did even things at 1-1, and forced Verlander to throw 25 pitches. He walked two guys and isn't yet in a rhythm.
Sabathia, on the other hand, might be in a rhythm. In the top of the second, he needed 12 pitches to retire three bats, with two by strikeout. Sabathia's up to four strikeouts through seven batters.
Unfortunately, the second inning also brought a rain delay, as the tarp came out after Sabathia's last pitch.
The second was played through driving rain, and the conditions were no longer workable. There's reportedly a window during which the game might be resumed, but the radar suggests more rain later. Also, one has to wonder what effect this current delay might have on Verlander and Sabathia. At least it'll hurt both teams about the same.