The Yankees didn't blow this 7-5 lead Friday night, as their late rally ended up in a win over the Tigers. >> Box score
1) The Yankees were down 5-4 heading into the eighth, but had a bases loaded opportunity with two outs. Gleyber Torres came through and made it 6-5 with a two RBI single to left. But that wasn't all New York could get. Austin Romine added some insurance with an infield single up the middle that scored Luke Voit.
2) It was a bizarre game all around, especially with both managers getting ejected. Aaron Boone got tossed arguing balls and strikes, and even gave home plate umpire Nic Lentz a catching lesson showing balls and strikes. Ron Gardenhire was tossed in that eighth inning as well. Boone's ejection sparked the Yankees' offense, though, with Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Miguel Andujar belting three homers in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.
3) Luis Severino was rolling through the first three innings in his start, but Niko Goodrum knocked the first run on the board with a solo homer. More trouble would come with two outs in the fifth when Jim Adduci lined a triple to right to score two more runs. Severino's stuff did look good despite the runs allowed. He also finally made it through six innings, something that he hasn't been able to do over the past three starts.
4) Zach Britton put the Yankees in a hole after his 1.1 inning relief appearance. His sinker wasn't falling in for strikes, and the Tigers managed to tack on a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. He did, however, get out of the jam with two straight outs to keep the deficit at one.
For the second straight night, the Yankees' offense came back multiple times to eventually take the lead into the ninth inning. Tonight, the bullpen closed it out.
After Yankees' manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, New York's offense erupted for four runs via three homers in the sixth inning. The players need to swing the bats and put the ball in play, but in my view, the manager's demeanor can at least spark some energy. Maybe it happened tonight.
The Yankees offense as a whole has been doing its part. Come Saturday, there will be an infusion of better offensive options with Andrew McCutchen making his Yankees debut and Gary Sanchez back behind the plate. Getting an offensive infusion is great, but as one facet elevates its game, the other cannot dive into inconsistency, which is what the bullpen is fighting now.
The Yankees have a month to get it all squared away.
Highlights from Thursday's game
The Yankees continue their series with the Tigers on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka gets the start against Daniel Norris.