In the second inning, again with the bases loaded, Robinson Cano hit a tough grounder to short. Jhonny Peralta fielded it and threw to first. His throw reached Prince Fielder just after Cano's foot touched the bag. It was a surprising missed call because umpires look for the runner's foot and listen for the smack of the ball hitting the first baseman's glove. (You can't look at two things at the same time.) If they hear the smack before they see the foot hit the bag, the batter-runner is out. But Rob Drake called Cano out and Fister settled down. The Tigers went on to win. The Yankees, Raul Ibanez aside, don't need the umps wiping out any of the rare hits they get.
But what is with so many struggling Yankees letting nice first pitches go by and getting behind on the count? The Yankees like to work the count, put pressure on the pitcher, force up his pitch count, and get lots of walks. But it ain't working. Opposing pitchers know A-Rod and other Yankees will let the first pitch go by and they're grooving them right down the middle. Granderson, however, is swinging at first pitches. They are all inside and low- and he is missing them badly.
I am absolutely amazed that Detroit is using Justin Verlander against New York in Game Three. Why not save him for the World Series? They sure don't need an ace to get out the 2012 postseason Yankees. Heck, Yankee fans would just as soon the Tigers started Kate Upton, Verlander's girlfriend. Whether Verlander has reached first base with her you can be guaranteed the Yankees wouldn't. At least she'd be fun to watch.