The Tigers played the Yankees in their first exhibition evening game. The squeeked out a win, 3-2, but there were a lot of firsts in this game.
It’s the first time the Tigers scored less then 5 runs, and it’s also the the first time they’ve given up less then five, I think. But two pretty good showings by the starters. Maroth pitched three innings of shutout ball, and Javier Vazquez (the guy I predicted to win the AL Cy Young), pitched four innings of shutout ball.
The Tigers then scored all three of their runs in fifth inning, to take a 3-1 lead. The Yanks added one more, but couldn’t overcome the final deficit. So the Tigers beat the AL champs 3-2.
One of the more impressive lines of this game was the attendance. The crowd at Legend’s Field drew well over 10,000 people. The Tigers were drawing a little over 3,000 in most of their games. Also interesing is the Yankees are 3-6 in the preseason.