Today’s matinée and final game of the 4-game series against the visiting Tigers was all about one person — pitcher Shane Greene. Greene is still dealing with rookie season rust in some of his outings, but definitely not today. Greene threw 99 pitches into the 9th inning, giving up 5 hits, 3 walks, and no runs, striking out 5 Detroit batters. Today, Greene pitched a shutout of one of the best teams in the AL. It was just flawless, often getting quick outs and 1-2-3 innings.
I know I said it before, but I remember watching Greene in Spring Training and thinking he had potential in a couple of years. I’m rather pleased that my time estimate was wrong. But it goes to show you how hard work and perseverance can certainly pay off when the moment comes.
Greene threw 1 pitch to a batter in the 9th inning, and that batter got a single, the Yankees turned to closer David Robertson to save the game. 13 pitches later, the Yankees took the 3rd game of this series, nicely shutting out the Tigers from today’s game.
Of course, in order to get that win, the Yankees had to poke through the Tigers’ defense at some point. That point came in the 4th inning. With 2 outs, Beltran and Headley singled, and Stephen Drew smacked a ground-rule double (easily the best hit of the afternoon) and scored Beltran. The Yankees clung to that 1-0 lead for the entire game thanks to the one and only Shane Greene.
Well, the most unusual hit was by Brendan Ryan who somehow managed to hit the ball twice in one swing of the bat and get himself a single in the 3rd. Not joking, you have to watch it in slow-motion and listen closely, but it did hit the bat twice in a single swing, first in the middle of the bat then at the end of the bat.
And just because there isn’t much to talk about on a Thursday afternoon: a couple of great defensive plays to watch — Martin Prado’s diving stop, Brett Gardner’s jump grab, and Drew instigating a nice double play.
It is worth noting the infield looked a little different today with Jeter taking a day off and Teixeira getting a day to rest his stitched-up hand — Headley at 1st, Ryan at 2nd, Drew at short, and Prado at 3rd. And honestly, they were all rather good to watch defensively today. So can the worry-warts that chatter endlessly about the future demise of the Yankees after this season stop preaching doom now?