The Detroit Tigers didn't collect an extra base hit, ran into multiple outs on the basepaths, and watched the opposing starter throw a complete game. They also came away winners in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees tonight, their 11th in 13 games this season.
Alfredo Simon nearly repeated his excellent start from five days ago, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out seven. Simon didn't allow a walk for the second straight start, and threw 109 pitches in 7 1/3 innings. The lone run he allowed was a home run by Mark Teixeira on a pitch outside of the strike zone.
Joba Chamberlain was one of the heroes of tonight's game, inducing an inning-ending double play groundout from Jacoby Ellsbury in the eighth inning. Chamberlain entered with runners on the corners and one out, but preserved the 2-1 lead in just two pitches.
Yoenis Cespedes was yesterday's star, and he drove in tonight's winning run with an RBI single in the seventh inning. Cespedes singled home Victor Martinez, who had been intentionally walked with two outs and first base open.
J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying RBI single immediately prior to Cespedes' at-bat, scoring Rajai Davis from second base. The entire seventh inning was a product of the Tigers' increased emphasis on speed in recent years, and J.D.'s single helped illustrate just how deep the Tigers' lineup is.
This vote was over faster than the time it took Yoenis Cespedes' grand slam to get over the left field fence in yesterday's 9-1 win. Cespedes hit two home runs and drove in six, earning 86 percent of the vote in the process.