Rick Porcello’s gem led to the Yankees’ ending their five-game winning streak

Jacoby Ellsbury running during a game.

Jacoby Ellsbury running during a game.

The Yankees saw their five-game winning streak come to an end as they lost to the Detroit Tigers, 5-2, on Tuesday night in Detroit. Brandon McCarthy had his worst performance in his nine starts with the Yankees. He now has a 2.47 ERA with the Yankees and it was only his second time in nine starts allowing more than two runs.

McCarthy allowed five runs, nine hits and two walks in 6.1 innings. He walked two batters in the second after only allowing one in his previous three starts. Those two walks directly lead to Detroit’s first run as he walked Nick Castellanos and then with the bases loaded, after hitting Eugenio Suarez with a pitch, he walked Rajai Davis to send J.D. Martinez home. He was able to get Ian Kinsler to hit into an inning ending double play to end the inning and was helped by a great scoop by Mark Teixeira.

In the third inning, J.D. Martinez’s single to center scored Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers scored two runs in the sixth and the fifth run that they scored off of McCarthy came off of a single by Torii Hunter to left that scored Davis.  

“I wasn’t comfortable mechanically and I wasn’t right from the get-go,” McCarthy said. “It sucks because as we get closer and closer the games become more important.” With the loss, the Yankees are now 3.5 games behind the Seattle Mariners for the second wild-card and three games behind the Tigers.

Besides Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees were not able to have any success offensively against Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The Morristown, New Jersey native won his 15th game of the season after only allowing two runs in eight innings pitched. He has a 1.80 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season.

The solo homers that Ellsbury hit to right field in the fifth and eighth innings were the only runs that the Yankees would score. He has recently been a bright spot since in his last five games he is hitting 9-18 (.500) with five runs scored, three homers and six RBIs. With Brett Gardner out of the lineup the last two games, Ellsbury has gone 6-9 batting leadoff. He was the leadoff hitter while he played for the Red Sox.   

I guess tonight, I got a couple pitches that I could hit, and I didn’t miss them,” Ellsbury said. “I felt pretty good, hopefully I can just keep it going. It is nice to hit the ball hard and get results.” 

In the eighth inning, Brian McCann hit into a double play with no outs. He had attempted to bunt against the shift earlier in the at-bat, and would have had a single if he didn’t foul it off. If the bunt would have gone for a single, the Yankees would have been set up for a big inning with runners on first and second with no outs.  

The Yankees were 2-10 with runners on base and 0-3 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees had runners on first and third in the fourth inning but Stephen Drew lined out to left. The Yankees were able to put together nine hits, but seven of the nine hits were singles and they hit into two double plays. The sinker is Rick Porcello’s best pitch and he got the Yankees to hit a total of 16 ground balls. 

In the second game of the series at Comerica Park, Shane Greene will pitch for the Yankees and David Price will get the start for the Tigers. Greene, the impressive right-handed rookie, is coming off of a start where he had seven strikeouts but allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings. The Yankees need him to pitch like he did in his two starts before that where he allowed two runs combined in 14 innings. 

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