With an offense that went from crackling to fizzling in less than 24 hours, the Yankees face an uphill prospect to regain the lead in their Division Series against Detroit today.
The Tigers held off the Yankees during a 5-3 victory in Game 2 of the ALDS yesterday in front of 50,596 fans, fueled by a dominant six-plus innings from Max Scherzer and three RBIs from Miguel Cabrera — including a first-inning, two-run shot of Freddy Garcia.
With the series tied at one game apiece, 24-win Tigers ace Justin Verlander gets the ball tonight in Detroit. CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees, followed by Game 4 tomorrow, when A.J. Burnett will starts with possibly the season on the line.
After Sherzer shut them down for most of his first postseason start, the Yankees threatened late.
Jose Valverde allowed two runs in the ninth but got Robinson Cano, with runners on first and second and two outs, to ground out to second to end it. Valverde, who had 49 saves and a 2.24 ERA during the season, came on with the Tigers ahead 5-1 and withstood a wild inning in which the Yankees got the go-ahead run to the plate.