The New York Yankees were defeated by the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 6-1. Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and pitched ok but he gave up two homeruns that cost him. The Yankees offense couldn't get much going against Justin Verlander but Rob Refsnyder did have two hits.
Tanaka pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up six hits and five runs with a walk and four strikeouts. He lost his second game of the season. Kirby Yates pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run, Nick Goody pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out the side and Richard Bleier pitched an inning giving up a hit.
Verlander won his sixth game of the season pitching 6 2/3 innings and giving up five hits and a run with a walk and five strikeouts. Shane Greene pitched 2/3 of an inning with two strikeouts, Justin Wilson pitched 2/3 of an inning and Alex Wilson pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and two walks. Francisco Rodriguez pitched 1/3 of an inning and earned his 18th save of the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury drew a walk, Brett Gardner had a hit and Brian McCann drew a walk. Starlin Castro had a hit, Didi Gregorius had a hit and drew a walk and Chase Headley had a hit. Refsnyder had two hits and an RBI, Gregorius hit a double and Headley hit a triple. The Yankees were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Ian Kinsler had two hits and five RBI, Victor Martinez drew a walk and J.D. Martinez had two hits. Nick Castellanos had a hit and an RBI, Justin Upton had a hit and James McCann had two hits. Jose Iglesias had two hits, Kinsler hit a double and Castellanos and Kinsler each hit a homerun. The Tigers were 3-8 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Upton had a stolen base and Iglesias committed an error.
In the second Castellanos hit a solo homerun to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Yankees would tie the game at one in the third on a Refsnyder RBI single. In the fifth Kinsler hit a three run homerun to give the Tigers back the lead at 4-1. Kinsler hit a two run double in the sixth to extend the Tigers lead to 6-1 and that would be the final score.
The two teams have split the first two games and the rubber game will be played on Sunday. The Yankees will try to finish the home stand on a high note going 6-1 before they head to Colorado and Minnesota next week.