Games like these are why they say baseball isn't played on paper, I think. David Price has gotten off to an amazing start in 2015, and that lasted right up until he toed the rubber against the Yankees tonight. The top of the first saw six Yankees cross the plate after the team batted around right out of the gate. Playing in suboptimal conditions couldn't have helped either side with the starting temperature hovering around 38 degrees and snow falling from the sky. However, it was the Yankees' offense that found a way to handle the weather best.
Jacoby Ellsbury took a pitch to the chest to lead off the game. The merry-go-round started there when Chris Young singled, Mark Teixeira walked, and Brian McCann drive in Ellsbury with a single. That was only the beginning. Gregorio Petit stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, and he cleared the bases with an RBI double to make it 5-0 New York. He came around to score on an Ellsbury single to round out the scoring in the top half of the inning. To score six runs off Price is great, but to do it in one inning was even more amazing.
Unfortunately, Adam Warren struggled in the bottom half of the inning so mightily that he nearly gave the entire lead back. Warren walked four batters and gave up four runs before the offense saw the field again. Luckily the right-hander managed to settle down before causing any further damage. It took 52 minutes to get through the first inning. Price, on the other hand, did not settle down. The Yankees chased him after 2.2 innings. McCann singled in the second before scoring from first base on an RBI triple (yes) by Carlos Beltran (yes). Beltran came around to score when Chase Headley, the very next batter, matched him with an RBI triple of his own. Didi Gregorius, who found a way to make back-to-back poor decisions in the field, laced a double to make it 10-4 Yankees. A three-run home run by Teixeira gave the Yankees a 13-4 lead. The team finished the night with 15 hits and every player reached base at least once.
Seeing the offense produce at such a high level off a very good pitcher is certainly encouraging, but it makes them pissing away CC Sabathia's good start in Game 1 of the series all the more frustrating. Still, the Tigers were one of the hottest teams in Baseball before the Yankees came to town, and taking at least two games from them has to feel good. The Yankees will try to do better than a split in the series finale tomorrow with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound at 1:08 pm. New York will need to take as many good feelings away from this game as possible before their weekend series against the red-hot Mets, who are winners of their last ten games in a row.