Saturday, April 28, 2012


A three-run rally in the bottom of the 9th today in the Bronx was still not enough to dig the Yankees out of Freddy Garcia's latest awful outing as the Detroit Tigers took game two of this three game series, 7-5.   Once again, Garcia was shaky from the start and the Tigers took advantage.  Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, and Andy Dirks hit a three-run homer in the first off Garcia and before you could blink it was 6-1.  Garcia's final line today:
1.2 IP - 5 hits - 6 ER - 2 BB - 3 K - Garcia's ERA this season is now 12.41 

Look, I could spend the rest of this recap ripping Garcia's performance today, but I am not.  He pitched bad.  He pitched really bad.  Bottom line is Yankees most likely can no longer continue to send him out on the hill.  They need to shake things up until Pettitte gets up here.  Whether that is bringing up someone from the minors or putting David Phelps in his place.  Whatever the Yankees do really could not be worse thank sending Garcia out every fifth day. And, lets keep in mind, its still April so we are far from a crisis.

As far as our offense today, other then Nick Swisher and the bottom of the 9th, we never really threatened to make this a game. Tigers starter Drew Smyly threw 6 innings and gave up just one earned run to earn his first big league win. That earned run being the first of Nick Swisher's two dingers for the day.  Speaking of Swisher, he led the Yankees at the plate going 2-4, with 2 RBI, and his homers were from opposite sides of the plate.  Granderson was the only other Yankee whos production is worth mentioning today.  Grandy also went 2-4, with 2 RBI, and a solo shot, (his 7th HR of the season), in the 7th inning.

Tomorrow we have Sabathia taking the mound to hopefully wrap up this series.  I don't know about you guys but I'll take 2-of-3 from the Tigers anytime. Once again, today's final, Tigers 7, Yanks 5.

--Mikey Blue, BYB Senior Writer
Twitter: @MikeyBlu23

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