Scherzer, Tigers Blank Yanks

I hate shut outs.  They are the worst, especially when there are opportunities to be had, but are not taken advantage of.  Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because tonight, this happened to the Yankees going up against Max Scherzer.  The Yanks fell by a score of 4-0.  My frustration has gotten the best of me now so I will do this in bullet-point form:

Yay! He finally did something good for the offense. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

  • Freddy Garcia, after two dominating performances and one okay one in his first few Yankee starts, pitched more like the latter tonight.  He went a season-high seven innings giving up four runs on ten hits and two walks while striking out a season-high eight.  The big blows came in the third on a Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double and then Magglio Ordonez, who had just two RBI’s on the season heading into the game, hit a 2-run homer to make it 4-0.
  • Buddy Carlyle pitched an inning in relief and struck out two.  It’s nice to see him pitch well, even if it’s not in clutch situations.
  • Max Scherzer was great tonight going eight scoreless and only allowing four hits while striking out nine.  He had the Yankee hitters guessing all night with his fastball-changeup-slider combination.
  • Once again, the New York offense was atrocious.  They collected four hits and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
  • Brett Gardner got his hitting streak snapped although he did walk and Alex Rodriguez kept his ice cold ways up by going 0-for-4.  Derek Jeter was also pulled in the eighth inning for Eduardo Nunez and a post on that will be coming up shortly after.

Well, the great thing about baseball is that when you play a game as bad as this one, the next night presents hope.  The Bombers will be going for the split and the Tigers for the series win at 7:05 on the YES network.

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