Hanging Tough

October 16, 2012 – Unfortunately for the Yankees, tonight looks like a microcosm of their season.

After going toe-to-toe with Justin Verlander for three innings, Phil Hughes was removed from the game in the fourth inning, and as the case was after they lost Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, and most recently, Derek Jeter, the Yankees will be forced to overcome an unlucky twist of fate.

So far in 2012, they’ve answered the bell every time they lost a key player.

The relievers who have taken over for Hughes have resembled Yankees starting pitchers during this postseason in that they’ve kept the team in the game. In a combined three innings of work, David Phelps, Clay Rapada, Cody Eppley and Boone Logan have not allowed an earned run. (Quintin Berry reached base on an error in the fifth and scored the Tigers second run).

Boone was especially good in the bottom of the sixth when he got Miguel Cabrera to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Clearly, the Triple Crown winner could have blown the game wide open, but Logan came up big.

Now, the Yankees hitters are faced with the task of doing the same against Verlander.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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