Don't worry, we're unlimbering all our cute little stories about how long it's been since the New York Yankees have been swept in a postseason series.
Please, don't worry. But we're going to hold off
Max Scherzer, of course, is cruising in Game 4; as Grant Brisbee pointed out just a half-inning ago, this is nothing new for Scherzer. But you can't say the same about Yankees ace CC Sabathia. He gave up a run in the first, then got through the second in good order. But the third was a struggle for the big left-hander.
Miguel Cabrera led off and lined out to left field. Prince Fielder drove a single past first baseman Mark Teixeira. Delmon Young walked (yes: walked, which might suggest just now much fear Delmon Young has lately put into the hearts of enemy pitchers). Jhonny Peralta drove Ichiro to the warning track with a fly ball for out number two. And then Andy Dirks hit what looked like a routine grounder to Teixeira.
But the ball took a big hop and Teixeira couldn't make a play and suddenly the bases were loaded for Avisail García. Sabathia got ahead in the count, but eventually García pounded a grounder up the middle. Sabathia, as big as he is, couldn't quite snag the ball. And fill-in shortstop Eduardo Nunez couldn't do anything, either.
In fact, Nuñez did less than anything, skipping an 11-hop throw to first base:
Hey, at least he kept the ball in the infield, which did save a run. And Sabathia did finally escape the inning when, with the bullpen stirring, Gerald Laird flied out to right field.
With three innings in the book, it's now Tigers 2, Yankees 0. And so the Bombers' collective slump continues...