NEW YORK (Detroit Free Press) — Max Scherzer gave up the hits, but didn't give up many runs. It didn't matter as the Detroit Tigers offense couldn't take advantage against the New York Yankees in a 2-1 loss at Yankee Stadium.
The Tigers starting rotation seemed to get a jolt from the addition of former Cy Young winner David Price last Friday. Anibal Sanchez, in particular, was sharp Sunday as the Tigers completed a sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
Scherzer, however, struggled with his command all night in the Bronx. He gave up nine hits and three walks.
Scherzer benefited from a couple of spectacular plays. The first from Ezequiel Carrera, the centerfielder recently called up from Toledo to help replace Austin Jackson. Carrera, playing somewhat shallow with the bases loaded and no outs in the third, sprinted back toward the track to dive and snag a deep fly off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury.
The runner at third tagged and scored, but Carrera kept the bases from emptying. When the replay showed on the stadium scoreboard, the crowd clapped in appreciation.
The second stellar defensive play came in the fifth, when Ian Kinsler hustled to his right to scoop up a grounder, spin back toward second and submarine the ball to begin a double play.
Despite the defense, and despite Scherzer finding a way to stay in the game for seven innings and keep the Tigers close, the offense couldn't get the hit it needed. And really, they needed just one hit.
Kinsler singled home Andrew Romine in the fifth to cut the lead to one, but Miguel Cabrera couldn't do the same with a runner at second in the seventh.
Perhaps the best chance to get to Yankees starter, Brandon McCarthy, came in the second, when the Tigers loaded the bases with one out. Alex Avila and Eugenio Suarez both struck out to end the threat.
Suarez, who also made a nifty play at short, left the game in the fifth after sliding into second on a steal and spraining his left knee.