The Tigers got doubled up last night and it wasn’t pretty. The Yankees did most of their damage in a five run third inning that made it 5-0 and while the Tigers made it close at one point (5-3), they never fully recovered.
I’m not sure what Leyland was trying to do in the second inning when he tried a hit and run with Ordonez on second and Guillen on first with nobody out. Yeah, Pudge is a .300 hitter but when neither team has scored, you’d think Leyland would play the percentages and try for an early lead by standing pat. Instead, Ordonez gets gunned down at third and the Tigers get nothing out of the inning. Placido Polanco’s double play in the third also cost them a potential run. Now I’m not saying the Tigers win if they convert in either or both of those innings, but things might have played out differently had the Tigers taken an early lead.
Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu chewed us up. Abreu drove in four runs and Jeter had five hits and he scored three times. If those two guys are clicking in the two and three spot in the lineup, this is going to be a very tough team to beat. Then again, we all knew that anyway.
Game two is tonight and it’ll be Justin Verlander going up against Mike Mussina. This is pretty much a must win game tonight so hopefully the Tigers can get the job done.