Fifty-three. The number of pitches Verlander needed to get through the game's first three innings. The fact that the Yankees worked the rookie so thoroughly and got nothing out of it in that span was a testament to his ability to maintain a focus that defies his youth.
Game balls (out of five)
Granderson, five. Following up his three-hit night in Game 1, Granderson came through with a sacrifice fly and an RBI triple in this one.
Joel Zumaya, five. A stellar outing for the young right-hander made the potent middle of the Yankees order look mighty tame.
Verlander, four. He wasn't efficient with his pitches, and he gave up a big blast to Johnny Damon in the fourth, but he kept the Tigers in the ballgame, which is exactly what they asked of the youngster.
Jamie Walker, four. In relief of Verlander in the sixth, he induced a big double-play ball out of Robinson Cano, preserving a 3-3 tie.
Sense of October
Down a run in the sixth, Carlos Guillen delivered. His 2-0 solo shot to right tied it up and showed that this Tigers lineup is not intimidated by the allure of Yankee Stadium.
Lines of the Game
4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Got the Tigers on the board with his RBI single in the second and scored runs in the second and seventh.
1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks
The hard-throwing right-hander made a huge difference in this game, preserving a one-run lead in the seventh and eighth innings by holding the middle of the Yankees order at bay, striking out Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez in back-to-back at-bats in the eighth.
The Tigers have an excellent opportunity to jump into the driver's seat now. Their veteran leader, Kenny Rogers, will have to shake off his past postseason struggles and come up with a strong start in Game 3 on Friday night to make it happen.