Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recap: Yankees 2, Tigers 1

Masahiro Tanaka had a highly-productive outing, surrendering just one earned run over 6 1/3 innings to lead the Yankees past the Tigers, 2-1, on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. 

Tanaka Time: Tanaka allowed just three hits in his second consecutive quality start, striking out six while walking two. He gave up a run in the bottom of the first -- handing the Tigers a 1-0 advantage -- but rebounded from there for an overall-promising performance. 

Walks and Balks: With the Yankees still trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Jacoby Ellsbury attempted to rally them back with a walk and a stolen base -- eventually reaching third with two outs in the frame. It was then that Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez balked on an unusual delivery home, tying the contest in a manner pretty unpleasing to the crowd. 

Hustle Pays Off: Ellsbury created another Yankees threat with a hustle double to kickoff the eighth, sliding into second head-first before advancing to third on a bunt. Ellsbury would later score the go-ahead run on a sharp groundout from Brian McCann, crossing home easily after a Miguel Cabrera deflection cost Detroit a double play.

Escaping Trouble: Having put runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh, the Tigers were preparing to break the draw when Dellin Betances was brought in to relieve Justin Wilson -- inducing a much-needed foulout of Nick Castellanos following a six-pitch battle. Betances then went onto toss a 1-2-3 eighth as well, logging a pair of strikeouts during the quick at-bat. 

Miller Closes it Out: Andrew Miller has been great for the Yankees so far this season, and only continued his nice April with an easy save in the ninth. He retired the Tigers in order in the game's final inning, clinching the series for New York with punch-outs of Cabrera and J.D. Martinez. 

Next Up: The Yankees will welcome the 13-3 Mets to Yankee Stadium Friday when the two teams face off in the first set of the interleague schedule -- beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET and airing live on MLB Network. Michael Pineda (2-0, 5.00 ERA) will get the nod for the Yankees in his fifth start of 2015, looking to upset 2014 NL ROY Jacob deGrom (2-1, 0.93 ERA).

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