The Detroit Tigers entered the four game set against the New York Yankees with a 10-2 record, and even the New York Times published an article praising what the Tigers have done. Unfortunately, Detroit did not live up to the praise as the Yankees took three of four games in impressive fashion.
Game 1: Detroit 2, New York 1
WP: Alfredo Simon (3-0)
LP: CC Sabathia (0-3)
SV: Joakim Soria (5)
Alfredo Simon was very impressive as he pitched 7 1/3 innings, while striking out seven and walking none as the Tigers defeated the Yankees 2-1.
J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes provided the offense as they hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning to put the Tigers out in front 2-1.
Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria were perfect in the final 1 2/3 innings to seal the victory and move the Tigers to 11-2 on the season.
Highlight Alert: Jose Iglesias made a play in the sixth inning that would have made Ozzie Smith smile. Brett Gardner hit a grounder that Iglesias fielded while moving quickly to his right. He then somehow managed to throw the ball across his body to first to barely get Gardner.
Game 2: Yankees 5, Tigers 2
WP: Nathan Eovaldi (1-0)
LP: Kyle Lobstein (1-1)
SV: Andrew Miller (5)
The Tigers were able to put up 10 hits, including three from J.D. Martinez and two from Alex Avila, but only pushed across a pair of runs as they fell to Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Eovaldi went seven innings while scattering eight hits and only allowing one earned run to earn his first victory of the season.
Kyle Lobstein suffered the loss though he pitched extremely well as he continues to fill in for the injured Justin Verlander. Lobstein went six innings while allowing only three hits and one earned run to give the Tigers a chance, but the offense did not do it’s part.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the bullpen did not live up to it’s end of the bargain and ultimately lost the game. Ian Krol entered in the seventh inning and gave up two home runs while recording only one out. Tom Gorzelanny, Al Alburquerque, and Blaine Hardy followed Krol and combined to walk five batters while giving up two runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Game 3: Yankees 13, Tigers 4
WP: Adam Warren (1-1)
LP: David Price (1-1)
In a game that looked like it was being played in a snow globe at times, the Yankees put up six runs in the first inning and never looked back as they walloped the Tigers 13-4 on Wednesday night.
David Price allowed eight runs and 10 hits in only 2 1/3 innings as he had his second consecutive awful start against the Yankees. Last August, Price gave up eight runs in the third inning of a game against the Yankees. It looks like they just have his number right now.
After Price gave up the six first inning runs, the Tigers roared back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Unfortunately for Detroit, those were the only runs they scored for the entire game as Yankees pitcher Adam Warren settled in nicely.
Warren ended up pitching 5 2/3 innings while giving up the four early runs and a total of five hits.
This marked the first time this season the Tigers lost back-to-back games.
Game 4: Yankees 2, Tigers 1
WP: Dellin Betances (3-0)
LP: Tom Gorzelanny (0-1)
SV: Andrew Miller (6)
Apparently when it’s 33 degrees outside, batters do not like to swing a bat. That pretty much sums up Thursday’s game between the Tigers and the Yankees as they combined for only three runs on a total of six hits.
Detroit got out to an early lead when Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning to score Anthony Gose, putting the Tigers up 1-0.
Masahiro Tanaka started the game for the Yankees and went 6 1/3 innings while giving up only one earned run on three hits while striking out six.
The biggest play of the game came in the top of the sixth inning as the Tigers held a 1-0 lead. Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was on third base with two outs, when he suddenly bluffed towards home. Anibal Sanchez stepped off the rubber with his right foot and threw home has Ellsbury headed back towards third base. After the umpires failed to make a call, several Yankees visibly protested and the balk call was then made, scoring Ellsbury from third.
Brad Ausmus immediately came out to argue the call and got into a heated argument before being thrown out of the game. Following the game Ausmus acknowledged that the correct call was made.
The Yankees pushed across the winning run in the top of the eighth inning when Ellsbury scored on an RBI groundout by Brian McCann.
The loss was the Tigers third in a row to the Yankees. This also marked the first time this season the Tigers lost a regular season series.
The Tigers will try to get back on track as they begin a three game series at home against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
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