The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The game took place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan and the final score was 8-4. CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and he pitched pretty well, longest start of the year for a Yankees starter. The offense was balanced but Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran each hit a homerun.
Sabathia pitched 6 innings giving up four hits and three runs with four walks and three strikeouts. He earned his first win of the season. Kirby Yates pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout, Chasen Shreve retired the only batter that he faced and Dellin Betances pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out the side. Andrew Miller pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Mike Pelfrey took his first loss of the season pitching 3 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and six runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Buck Farmer pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up four hits and two runs with a walk and four strikeouts, Logan Kensing pitched two innings giving up two hits and two walks and Drew VerHagen pitched a perfect inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit and three RBI, Brett Gardner had two hits and Rodriguez had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk. Mark Teixeira drew a walk, Brian McCann had two hits and drew a walk and Beltran had two hits and two RBI. Starlin Castro had two hits and drew a walk, Didi Gregorius had a hit and two RBI and Ronald Torreyes had three hits. Ellsbury hit a triple, Rodriguez and Beltran each hit a homerun and the Yankees were 5-13 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Gardner had a stolen base and was also caught stealing. Gardner committed an error.
Ian Kinsler had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Justin Upton had a hit and Miguel Cabrera drew a walk. Victor Martinez drew a walk, J.D. Martinez had a hit and James McCann had a hit and two RBI. Jose Iglesias had two hits, Mike Aviles had a hit and Anthony Gose drew a walk. Upton hit a double and the Tigers were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
In the first Rodriguez hit a solo homerun giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the second Gregorius hit an RBI single to make it a 2-0 game. Gregorius hit a sac fly in the fourth to make it 3-0 Yankees. Ellsbury hit a three run triple still in the fourth and the lead was pushed to 6-0. In the bottom of the fourth J. McCann hit a two run single to cut the lead to 6-2. Beltran hit a two run homerun in the fifth to make it 8-2. In the seventh a wild pitch made it a 8-3 game and Kinsler hit an RBI groundout to cut the lead to 8-4 which was the final score. The two teams will play the rubber game on Sunday night. Masahiro Tanaka will make the start against Justin Verlander.