It was a pitcher’s duel Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field as the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees leave the game tied up 2-2. The Tigers struck first with a Leonys Martin home run off Yankees lefty CC Sabathia in the third inning. After a lot of singles and groundouts, the Yankees tied the game on a Didi Gregorius homer given up by Drew VerHagen in the eighth. The Yankees scored again in the eighth on a fielder’s choice to put them up 2-1. JaCoby Jones scored on a Victor Reyes single in the ninth to tie the game 2-2, and that was all she wrote. The Tigers used five pitchers and the the Yankees used six on the day.
- Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann had a great start Tuesday. He lasted five innings and kept the Yankees’ bats quiet, allowing only two hits in those five innings while striking out four. His record so far this spring training after four games is 1-0 with an ERA of 4.15. Zimmermann’s success Tuesday follows a solid start by Matt Boyd Monday. If Tigers starting pitchers can stay consistent, this gives fans something to look forward to as the regular season approaches.
- In fact, all five Tigers pitchers did a good job of keeping the Yankees at bay in Tuesday’s match-up. The Bronx Bombers only managed to get four hits off Tigers pitchers. Big bats like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton weren’t responsible for any of those hits. The two were struck out twice on their combined six at bats on the day.
DET: 2 R, 9 H, E
NYY: 2 R, 4 H
J. Zimmermann: 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K
D. Stumpf: 1 IP, 2K
D. VerHagen: 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
L. Coleman: .2 IP, BB
B. Farmer: 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K