The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees squared off for Game 4, the final of the series. The game was played at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. It was 33 degrees and cloudy with 12 mph winds, which is why only 67 percent of fans showed up. All in all, the Yankees stole the show, winning 2-1.
"When you win six of seven, a lot of it has to do with your starting pitching," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They are holding teams down late into games and letting us get into the bullpen. From there, if you get a few timely hits, you win the game."
It was a pitching duel between Mashiro Tanaka and Anibal Sanchez. However, both parties had to rely on the bullpen.
Tanaka went 6.1 innings and gave up three hits and two walks, which resulted in just one earned run. Tanaka, who had six strikeouts, now has a 3.22 ERA on the season.
"It was pretty cold out there," he said through a translator. "I spent my high school years in a really cold area, so as I was pitching, I was remembering those days."
Sanchez was even better than his opposition. Sanchez went 6.1 innings and gave up one earned run on one hit and four walks in the game. He threw 113 pitches and struck out eight batters.
Neither pitcher received a win or a loss. It came down to three bullpen arms from the Yankees and two arms from the Tigers.
Dellin Betances pitched 1.1 innings of relief and was perfect. It took just 18 pitches, which induced two strikeouts to shut down the Tigers. Betances got the win and still has a perfect 0.00 ERA.
Andrew Miller got his sixth save of the season after tossing a perfect ninth. He threw eight pitches, seven for strikes, to finalize the game. Two of three outs were K's.
Tom Gorzelanny received the loss after going 1.2 innings and giving up one earned run on one hit and two walks, along with one strikeout. He has a 2.70 ERA and is now 0-1 as a relief pitcher.
The Tigers were first on the board as Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score speedy Anthony Gose. That was all the scoring until the sixth inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury scored because of Sanchez' balk. It was a close call, but was indeed a balk. Sadly, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did not think it was a balk at all. Ausmus ran out to argue and was tossed after adding his final words.
"He started his delivery and then stepped off the rubber to throw home," third base umpire Gerry Davis said. "I took a couple seconds to process what I saw. I wanted to be sure he had started his delivery before I made the call."
"It wasn't smooth, in terms of the timing, but Gerry got it right, so you can't really argue," Ausmus admitted after the game was over.
In the eighth inning, Brian McCann grounded out to first, but it was enough to score Ellsbury and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead that they would ride to victory.
"I don't think the cold weather helps anyone," Ausmus said. "I'd bet that scoring is down in April across the board as opposed to the rest of the year."
Detroit will send American League ERA leader Shane Greene (3-0, 0.39 ERA) to face Danny Salazar (1-0, 3.00 ERA) from the Cleveland Indians. It will start a three-game home series.
Yankees will put Michael Pineda (2-0, 5.00 ERA) on the mound to face Jacob deGrom (2-1 0.93 ERA) to start the three-game home series against the New York Mets. It is the first game in the Subway Series. The Mets are riding an 11-game winning streak.