Tigers Fall to Yanks 5-3

Gary Knotts didn't pitch poorly, but the Tigers offense wasn't looking like it would be able to duplicate its performance from Friday night, when they were able to put up 8 runs on the Yankees. The Tigers were able to get a few runs off Orlando Hernandez, but then the Yankee bullpen came on and shut down the Tigers, and put them back to 4 games under .500.

There wasn't one thing that could be pinned on the loss Saturday night. Gary Knotts didn't pitch great, but certainly didn't lose it for the Tigers. The bullpen only allowed 1 run in 3-plus innings, certainly not bad. The defense didn't commit an error, and the offense put up a few runs.

No, on Saturday night, the Tigers didn't win, but mostly just because they were playing the New York Yankees.

Knotts went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 10 hits. Esteban Yan relieved him and allowed 1 run of his own, giving the Yankees their 5 for the game. Jamie Walker and Ugueth Urbina then shut out the Yankees for the final 3 innings.

Likewise, Orlando Hernandez had a very average game, 5 1/3 innings with 3 earned runs. He also walked 3 and struck out 6. But after he left, the Yankees bullpen buckled down and didn't allow a run - and only 3 hits.

At the plate, Eric Munson had his 14th Home Run - a 2-run shot in the 2nd inning. He now leads the team in Home Runs. C Ivan Rodriguez also had 3 hits for the Tigers.

And for the Yankees, Gary Sheffield went 3-for-5 with a Home Run and 3 RBI. Ruben Sierra also had a solo Home Run off Knotts in the 5th inning.

The Tigers finish up their 4-game set with the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at 1:05pm. Nate Robertson faces Jon Lieber.

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