Well, that was a whole lot of nothing.
After nearly 7 1/2 hours of baseball and weather delays, the Yankees accomplished zero against the Tigers Wednesday afternoon and night. The Yankees didn’t score and Detroit won, 2-0, in a game that was supposed to start a little after 1 p.m. and ended at 8:33.
Jordan Zimmermann (7-8) threw seven innings for Detroit. Masahiro Tanaka (8-10) allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings. The Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base in losing their second straight.
“We’re not doing the job when we’re getting some opportunities to score,” manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the difference in the game. We had second and third and nobody out (in the fifth) and didn’t score. We had first and third and one out (in the third) and didn’t score. It’s not just one guy. It’s more than one guy and we’ve got to get it going.”
A pair of weather delays totaled four hours, 37 minutes. The game itself took 2:52. The attendance was 43,379 at the start and a few thousand when it ended.
“That was a long one,” Aaron Judge said.
The scheduled 1:05 start was delayed until 2:31 because of the threat of rain. As so often seems to happen in these situations, it barely rained — if at all — during the delay. The 86 minutes that were lost during the delay became a very big deal at 4:50 p.m., when a loud crack of thunder ripped through Yankee Stadium as Tommy Kahnle was warming up in the rain for the top of the eighth.
The rain started coming down in buckets and umpires halted play as the players scampered off the field and fans headed for cover — or the exits. The ballpark became shrouded by rain and fog and mist. Lightning filled the sky and thunder continued to crackle in the Bronx for some time.
After the storm passed, the grounds crew removed the tarp and for more than an hour attempted to get the field ready for the final two innings. The main sticking point was short centerfield, where workers with pitchforks were pushing holes into the grass to try to get the water to drain.
At about 7:30, the managers and two of the umpires met in short center. A short time later, it was announced that the game would resume at 8. Dellin Betances threw the first pitch of the eighth inning at 8:01 p.m., making the delay three hours and 11 minutes.
“Wasn’t great, obviously,” Chase Headley said. “It’s tough to come back when you have that long a layoff. But that’s what we had to do.”
Tanaka, who threw 5 2⁄3 perfect innings and struck out 14 in eight innings in his last outing against Tampa Bay, allowed three hits and a run to the first three batters, with the Tigers taking a 1-0 lead on Justin Upton’s double.
The Tigers made it 2-0 in the fourth with an unearned run. Tanaka walked Mikie Mahtook with two outs before James McCann lined a single to right-center. Jacoby Ellsbury booted the ball for an error and failed to pick it up on his first try as Mahtook scored all the way from first.
The Yankees had their best opportunity in the fifth. Judge ripped a single to left on an 0-and-2 pitch and Gary Sanchez doubled into the leftfield corner on the next pitch to put runners on second and third. Didi Gregorius, also swinging at the first pitch, popped to short. Slumping Matt Holliday hit a short fly to center for the second out, and Headley struck out on a 3-and-2 pitch.
“We missed a lot of opportunities,” Headley said. “You go through stretches like that, but we’ve got to find a way to pick up the runs when we have the chances.”