NEW YORK — The Yankees sensed another epic comeback percolating on Sunday, seeing closer Jose Valverde wobble before catcher Alex Avila slipped while chasing a foul pop that would have been the final out of the game.
It had all the right ingredients for an entry in their postseason storybook collection, but there were no new chapters to be written on Sunday.
Robinson Cano squinted through the raindrops and slapped a ground ball for the final out as the Tigers held on for a 5-3 victory, taking Game 2 of the American League Division Series and evening the series at 1.
“You think that something good is going to happen for us,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. “But Valverde, it’s hard enough to score a run off him, let alone four. I thought we had some good at-bats and battled there at the end. We just fell short.”
The ALDS is now reduced to a best-of-three series, with the Tigers holding home-field advantage. Comerica Park will set the scene on Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET, when aces CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander will reprise the original marquee pitching matchup from Game 1.
Source: Bryan Hoch, MLB.com