When a major-league team gets good pitching and spectacular defense on the same night, they usually go on to win the game.
That's even more true when it is the Tigers -- a team built around a powerful offense.
Monday, though, wasn't one of those nights. Max Scherzer allowed two runs in seven innings, Ezequiel Carrera made one of the best catches of the season and Ian Kinsler added a pair of great plays at second base, but the Tigers offense couldn't do enough in a 2-1 loss.
Scherzer didn't have his best stuff early in the game, but the Yankees couldn't take advantage of his wildness until the third inning. Even then, Carrera and Kinsler kept a mediocre inning from turning into a disaster.
The first three batters of the inning singled, loading the bases, and Jacoby Ellsbury launched a drive to deep left-centerfield. At best, it appeared that Scherzer had allowed a bases-clearing double, and with Ellsbury's speed, a triple certainly wasn't out of the question.
But, as the ball sailed ...