Apr 21, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (13) has a conference with relief pitcher Ian Krol (46) during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Tigers fell to the New York Yankees 5-2 in the second game of their weekday four game series. Kyle Lobstein took on Nathan Eovaldi on the mound and both put up solid lines on the night. Eovaldi got the win surrendering 1 earned run on 8 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. Brett Gardner led the way for the Yankees tonight scoring three of the five runs, and Chris Young reached all five times he was at the plate.
Kyle Lobstein did not look good early tonight, but fought his way through 6 innings, surrendering 1 earned run on 3 hits and 4 walks with 3 strikeouts. His velocity was in the mid-80s for most of his pitches tonight and it was not sharp. He fell behind a lot of hitters and there was a lot of hard contact against him. The Tigers could make a move if he doesn’t find some of his stuff from late last year.
The Yankees got on the board in the top of the first. Brett Gardner drew a walk on a close 3-2 pitch and scored on a double from Mark Teixeira. It wasn’t hit hard, but Teixeira hit the ball down the right field line away from the Tigers’ shift as he was hitting from the right side against the lefty.
Both sides threatened through the middle innings, but did not push across the run until the top of the 7th. Ian Krol came on to relieve Lobstein, and Chris Young greeted him with a home run to left field. Two batters later, Stephen Drew hit a home run to right. Jacoby Ellsbury walked, Gardner reached on an infield single that pushed Ellsbury to 3rd which ended Krol’s night. Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira walked bringing home Ellsbury pushing the lead to 4-0.
The Tigers got a run back in the bottom half of the 7th. J.D. Martinez hit a double with one out and advances to third on a wild pitch from Eovaldi. Yoenis Cespedes then brought home Martinez with a sacrifice fly.
The Yankees capped off the scoring in the top of the 9th when Gardner singled and advanced to second on a fly ball from Rodriguez. Garner then came around to score his third run of the night on a groundball that went through the legs of Nick Castellanos giving the Yankees the 5-1 lead.
The Tigers made things interesting in the bottom half of the 9th. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez both recorded outs before J.D. Martinez hit a single and Cespedes hit a double to force Andrew Miller into the game. Nick Castellanos walked after it looked like he should have struck out on a check swing. Rajai Davis then pinch hit for Alex Avila and walked to force in a run cutting the lead to 5-2. Jose Iglesias then struck out to end the game.