There’s not much to write here, the Yanks are out and the season is over for all Yankee faithful. We are all bitter and frustrated but we all know they deserve it. Pretty logical, you can’t win if you don’t hit. The opportunities were there several times in all the games and they uncharacteristically failed to take advantage of them. Game One dictated the rest of the series as Yankee fans lost Jeter to a fractured ankle after coming back from a 4-0 deficit in the bottom of the 9th. This marked the ONLY highlight for Yankee fans and was wasted afterwords when they lost it in the 12th to a score of 6-4. It was all down hill after that as they were shut down by Anibal Sanchez in Game Two, 3-0. Game 3 was another futile disgrace as they lost 2-1. Finally Game 4 was an 8-1 beating. This is two years in a row of dismal at-bats and Yankee fans simply don’t trust them anymore. They are demanding for a house cleaner to come in and throw the heartless players out. If the Yankees would have played hard enough and “competed” to some degree, then the fans would be more complacent with this four-game sweep. But then again, they wouldn’t have been swept. Yankee fans and only Yankee fans know exactly where I’m coming from. What else is to say? If there’s anything anybody would like to add, then just comment below. Thank you for your readership!
DETROIT — The Yankees’ ice cold autumn will now give way to an uncertain winter, as their season concluded on Thursday with an 8-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park.
CC Sabathia was rocked for six runs in 3 2/3 innings and the Yankees were held hitless into the sixth inning by Max Scherzer, as Detroit locked up the AL pennant and will advance to the World Series against either the Cardinals or Giants.
New York was swept for the first time in 36 consecutive postseason appearances; the last one came in 1980, when the Royals wiped out the Yankees in a best-of-five ALCS that led to the dismissal of manager Dick Howser.
“You work a long time to get to this point every year, and to have it end abruptly — and it’s going to end abruptly for all but one team — it is really, really difficult,” said manager Joe Girardi. “We didn’t swing the bats. It wasn’t one guy, it wasn’t two guys, it was a bunch of guys. And it’s hard to win when you don’t score runs.”
The positions of Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman appear to be secure, but hitting coach Kevin Long will be asked to answer for an anemic offense that hung zeros on the scoreboard in 36 of 39 innings during the ALCS.
“There are a lot of good hitters in that room, and to be able to shut a lot of them down is very surprising to me,” said Girardi.
New York never held a lead in the series and pushed runs across in just two ALCS frames — the ninth innings of Games 1 and 3 — before Nick Swisher doubled home Eduardo Nunez in the sixth inning on Thursday, breaking up Scherzer’s shutout bid.
Pitching on a relatively short leash due to late-season shoulder issues, Scherzer was lifted by Tigers manager Jim Leyland after 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out 10, permitting two hits and two walks.
The Yankees figured they might have caught a bad break with Wednesday’s rainout, which deleted Sabathia from consideration to pitch a potential Game 7 of the ALCS, but that turned out to be a moot point as the left-hander was pounded for 11 hits.
Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers to power a four-run fourth inning for the Tigers, knocking Sabathia out of the game as a raucous towel-waving crowd celebrated what seemed to be an imminent victory, but Sabathia didn’t have much help from his defense before that point.
Filling in once again for the benched Alex Rodriguez, third baseman Eric Chavez didn’t charge a first-inning Omar Infante grounder that was scored an infield hit.
That opened the door for trouble, and after Prince Fielder delivered a two-out single, Delmon Young cashed Infante for the Tigers’ first run with a single that accounted for his sixth RBI of the ALCS.
Uncharacteristic sloppy defensive work from first baseman Mark Teixeira, who committed just one error during the entire regular season, led to another run in the third inning off Sabathia.
Teixeira booted a one-out grounder that was scored a hit for Fielder and later muffed an Andy Dirks grounder in the inning, setting up Avisail Garcia’s infield single to shortstop Eduardo Nunez, who spiked the throw to first base….Read More
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