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Yankees 5, Tigers 4: Late rally unable to overcome bullpen's 7th inning implosion

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Oh, that bullpen.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

DETROIT -- Matt Boyd was stellar through five, but the bullpen blew it all up. The Detroit Tigers' offense clawed their way back to within one run and threatened to tie it in the ninth, but they ultimately lost 5-4 to the New York Yankees.

For the second straight game, a Tigers starter took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and this time Boyd was perfect until a two-out walk in the fifth. He retired 14 consecutive batters until that walk, and maintained a low pitch count throughout. Through his first five innings he needed just eight, six, 13, 11, and 14 pitches, and even during a prolonged sixth managed to get out of it in 18 pitches and one run allowed.

Boyd had been cruising after five, and was at just 52 pitches until he gave up the leadoff double, ending his no-hitter. He got the next out but a sacrifice fly trashed the shutout, as well. But after a mound visit from pitching coach Rich Dubee, Boyd struck out Mark Teixeira on three pitches. Still, he fell apart right off the bat in the seventh and after three singles and an RBI, he was pulled promptly for Bobby Parnell, who needed just one pitch to give up a run and exit stage left.

Kyle Ryan went one further by allowing a two-run triple, handing Boyd four "earned" runs on the night. What was a 1-1 game quickly became a 5-1 deficit, and the offense certainly wasn't getting much of anything done. Worse still, was that they had little to show for their efforts against one Michael Pineda, owner of a 6.47 ERA. Most egregious among them being Nick Castellanos, who struck out four times. They managed two runs in the seventh and eighth, but it wasn't enough to overcome the bullpen.

ROARS:

Matt Boyd: His final line reflects four earned runs allowed, but the bullpen was responsible for half. In truth, he had a solid night until the end, and put up a perfect game until two outs in the fifth when he walked a batter.

Miguel Cabrera: Had a three-hit day, including a double in the fourth and a run scored.

HISSES:

Bobby Parnell: Threw one pitch. Gave up one run. Left the game. It was that kind of short-lived outing.

Kyle Ryan: He also needed one pitch (the first) to give up a two-run triple to Jacoby Ellsbury.

Tigers offense: Had nine hits but squandered several scoring opportunities early in the game against a normally struggling Pineda.

STREAKS AND STATS:

  • Justin Upton's walk in the eighth was just his second in the last 26 at-bats.
  • Miguel Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. It marked his first multi-hit game since May 23. He had been in a slump during that time, in which he was batting just .161/.235/.290 with only one home run, one double, and seven strikeouts.
  • Ian Kinsler came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth with two outs and two on-base. He hit an RBI double, further cutting into the Yankees' lead. It was his first career hit as a pinch hitter, having been 0-for-5 up to that point.

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Source: FanGraphs