Former Yankee Phil Coke now in for the Tigers, and he gets Ichiro to fly out to center. Robinson Cano extends his hitless streak to 0-for-26. Lovely. He can't even get a hit off Coke, what's he going to do with Justin Verlander in Game 3? Awful. Mark Teixiera pops up to end the inning. It feels like they're just playing out the string until they board their flight to Detroit, though it looks like home plate umpire Rob Drake has had a horrible strike zone. I won't know for sure until I see the Pitch F/X Report after the game, but for now... yippie.
Cody Eppley works around a Jhonny Peralta single to pitch a scoreless ninth innings, so there's that. The Yankees will have one last chance to avoid falling behind 0-2 with the prospect of facing Verlander in Game 3. The Yankees haven't been swept in a playoff series in their last 36 attempts, but boy is it looking like a distinct possibility. Don't get me wrong, I’m not predicting this, just acknowledging it as a possibility. I think CC definitely is in good position to take Game 4, and even with the mismatch of Verlander vs. Hughes, you never know.
Either way, Coke is back on in the bottom of the ninth. He strikes out both Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin to begin the frame. Of course it comes down to Alex Rodriguez. Why wouldn't it? He defies the Stadium crowd's expectations by lining a base hit to right field, giving Curtis Granderson a chance now. If he can get on, then Swisher could tie the game up with a long one. However, he falls behind 1-2, even with some crazy lady hollering wildly in the stands. I can hear her on the radio. It's scary. More scary is the fact that Granderson strikes out swinging, ending the game.
The Yankees are shut out 3-0, and they now head to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday. They get to face defending AL MVP Verlander! Joy. Well, Phil Hughes outdueled him once earlier this year. Just hope he does it again and the Yankees can scratch out a run.
Matt F. will have a full recap up in a little while. Stay tuned.