Saturday, August 10, 2013
Tigers finally get to Rivera but can't get win
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Detroit Tigers didn’t go down without a fight, but their 12-game winning streak eventually ended on Friday night with a loss to the New York Yankees.
The Tigers' bid for their longest winning streak since a 14-gamer in 1934 concluded on Brett Gardner’s walk-off hit in the 10th inning.
Below is a look at some of the statistical highlights from the game, one that snapped the Yankees’ four-game losing streak and handed the Tigers their 10th extra-inning loss. Only the Chicago White Sox have more such defeats.
The home run
Miguel Cabrera stunned Mariano Rivera with a game-tying home run with two out and two strikes in the ninth inning. It came just after Rivera made a nifty play on a Torii Hunter comebacker and after first baseman Lyle Overbay failed to catch Cabrera’s foul popup near the Yankees dugout.
It was the first hit for Cabrera in six at-bats (combining regular season and postseason) against Rivera, who has blown consecutive save chances within a three-day span for the first time since doing so against the Red Sox in 2005.
The Elias Sports Bureau noted it was only the fourth time that Rivera gave up a go-ahead or game-tying home run when he was one strike from a save or win and the first time it happened at Yankee Stadium.
The only previous time that Rivera gave up a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium was against Mo Vaughn of the Angels in 2000.
Rivera had not blown a save chance against the Tigers since 1999. The blown save snapped a streak of 23 consecutive save conversions for him against them. In fact, it was only the second time in 57 regular season and postseason appearances that Rivera had given up multiple runs to the Tigers. The other was that game in 1999.
It marked the second time that Cabrera hit a game-tying homer with his team down to its final strike. He did so previously against the Kansas City Royals in 2010.
Cabrera's home run was calculated at 427 feet, the longest of 14 home runs Rivera has allowed at home over the eight seasons for which we have homer distance data.
It was the second-longest home run allowed by Rivera this season (Evan Longoria -- 432 feet on April 23 at Tropicana Field).
Gardner’s game winner
Gardner’s hit marked the fourth time in his career that he won a game with a walk-off hit, all of which have come in extra innings.
The hit came on a pitch that was off the outside corner of the plate. It was Gardner’s first hit against a pitch located outside the Pitch F/X strike zone since July 24.
Gardner’s 27 swings against pitches thrown out of the strike zone prior to the hit resulted in either misses, foul balls or outs.
Had the Yankees won 3-1
Had Rivera gotten the save, the story of the day would have been the fine pitching of Ivan Nova.
Nova allowed one run and scattered eight hits in seven innings, featuring a curveball that netted him six strikeouts. Nova has 23 strikeouts in his lpast three starts, with 21 coming against his hook.
Nova has a 1.60 ERA in six starts since July 5, sixth best in the AL in that span.