Yes, the rumors are in fact truth. The Yankees scored more than 2 runs and won a game. Joe Girardi’s line-up erupted for four runs in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers, only to see the ballyhooed bullpen nearly blow a four-run lead in a 5-4 win over the Tigers Thursday at Comerica Park. With all that said the biggest surprise wasn’t so much the awakened hitting or rocky relief, it was the surprising performance by troubled Michael Pineda.
Pineda, who was on the verge of possibly being sent to the minors, pitched maybe his best game of 2016. He took a no-decision, striking out eight batters over 5 2/3 innings. Pineda gave up 7 hits but managed to limit the damage to 1 run before being taken out in the 6th inning.
Detroit lefty Matt Boyd, who was making just his third start of the season, retired the first 14 batters he faced before Chase Headley broke up the then perfect game, reaching on a walk.
The Yankees trailing by 1 finally got to Boyd in the sixth, when Rob Refsnyder led off with a double to left-center and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s sacrifice fly to center to tie the game. The Yankees erupted for 4 more in the 7th highlighted by Ellsbury's two-run triple that gave New York a four-run cushion. Refsnyder opened the scoring with a go-ahead single, knocking Boyd out of the game. Aaron Hicks followed with an RBI single off of former Met reliever Bobby Parnell.
We learned a few things last night…There is hope for Michael Pineda, Rob Refsnyder as a hitter is the real deal, Mark Texiera’s best days may be behind him, and the 3 headed monster is not perfect.
Nathan Eovaldi looks to win a career-best sixth straight start tonight when the Yankees open a three-game weekend series in Baltimore.
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