Before We Begin….
Today’s match, in the friendly fences of Comerica Park, featured the pitching styles of Detroit’s Mike Fiers, winner of his last outing, delivering six scoreless innings. This was Mike’s first start at home.
The Yankees countered with Jordan Montgomery, who allowed a career-high 10 hits in his last outing against the Baltimore Orioles. This was Montgomery’s first time facing the Tigers.
The Result – Final Score: Yankees 8 runs 11 hits 1 error
Tigers 6 runs 12 hits 1 error
Yanks opened up the scoring in the second inning as Nick Castellanos played “duck and run” with a flyball by Gary Sanchez, resulting in a double by the Yanks hard-hitting catcher. It was followed shortly by another misplayed flyball courtesy of Leonys Martin in center field, resulting in a 2-run inside-the-park home run.
Yankees struck again in the fifth inning on a couple of doubles, a single, a stolen base and a throwing error by Dixon Machado. Three runs crossed the plate.
Tigers fought back (sorta) in their half of the fifth with James McCann’s first homer of the year into the bushes.
Hicks homered again in the sixth inning with a looooooong fly into the right field seats. Detroit made a mini-comeback in the 7th, on a single by Casty, a double by Victor Martinez and a throwing error by Brett Gardner with VMart ending up on third. David Robertson relieved starter Montgomery, and gave up a sac fly to McCann scoring VMart. 6-3 Yankees. Iglesias screeched a double down the left field line, ending a 0/19 hitting drought. Robertson struck out Leonys Martin to end the inning, leaving 2 men on base.
Alex Wilson was charged with 2 runs in the 8th following a triple to Miguel Andujar, who scored on a bloop single by Ronald Torreyes (who the Tigers pitching staff did not bother to get out all evening). Wilson then plunked Brett Gardner on the shin with a breaking ball, walked Aaron Judge and was replaced by Drew VerHagen. Drew gave up a bases-loaded sac fly to Didi Gregorious. Yanks up, 8-3.
The Tigers sent 8 men to the plate in the 8th. Jeimer “Candy Man” Candelario led off the Tigers’ half with a long home run, his first. Tigers scored 2 more runs off Dellin Betances before he was relieved by former Tiger Chad Green. Yanks up 8-6.
Shane Green shut the Yankees down in order in the 9th. Aroldis Chapman pitched the 9th for the Yanks and shut the Tigers down in order.
Dixon Machado tied for the lead in doubles in the American League with 7. Buck Farmer looking sharp in the 7th, striking out the side. Tigers nicking away at the lead and making comebacks. Iggy breaking his 0/19 hitless streak with a double and a single.
Dixon Machado throwing the ball away on a groundout in the 5th inning, resulting in an easy run for the Yanks.
Tigers’ pitching has the team’s losing streak now at 5. Mike Fiers gave up 6 runs on 8 hits before being relieved by Buck Farmer in the 6th. Alex Wilson allowing the first 4 men on base in the 8th.
Nick Castellanos ducking out of the way of a Gary Sanchez routine fly ball in the 2nd inning, turning it into a double, only to have it followed by an inside-the-park home run by Aaron Hicks on a misplayed ball off the centerfield wall by Leonys Martin – it was the second speediest inside the parker of the young season at 15.89 seconds.
Tomorrow is Another Day
Francisco Liriano takes on Luis Cessa at 1:10pm at Comerica Park, weather permitting.