We say it numerous times every year–“I’ve never seen that before.” It is one of the constant pleasures of following the game. Well, last night offered one of those moments when, with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, fans at Comerica Park stood up and calmly started leaving the park. The equally calm Yankee announcer, Ken Singleton, explained what was happening. None of the players left the field and soon we learned that a fire alarm had been pulled. The fans returned to their seats and almost had something to show for it as the Tigers scored five runs in the ninth inning, including Curtis Granderson’s three-run home run against Mariano Rivera.
But it wasn’t enough and the Yankees won, 8-6.
Joba Chamberlain pitched his best game of the young season, working out of trouble in the third inning when he walked three batters, gave up a single and a sac fly while allowing just a single run. Miguel Cabrera, the best hitter in the league, came up with the bases loaded and two out and he took some good swings. The count went full and Chamberlain struck Cabrera out on a sharp-breaking curve ball, the first curve of the sequence.
Nick Swisher hit home runs from both sides of the plate, Hideki Matsui smacked a three-run double, Johnny Damon had a couple of hits, and Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 16.
Until the ninth inning, when Jonathan Albaladejo struggled so badly that Rivera was called in, it was a breezy game. Singleton and David Cone, teamed together for the entire series in the YES broadcast booth, were a pleasure–informative, jocular, funny and intelligent. Cone’s improvement this year has been noticable, don’t you agree?