Despite his poor numbers, Tigers’ starter Jordan Zimmermann looked like his old self. He dominated the Yankee offense, scattering six hits over seven innings in a 2-to-0 Yankee loss.
The Yankees actually out-hit the Tigers, 7-to-6, but the Bombers wasted a quality start from Masahiro Tanaka. Rallies in the second, third and sixth proved to be fruitless for New York. The team was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Tanaka continued to struggle in the first inning, allowing three consecutive hits to start the game. But, he beared down to keep the damage at one run. The Tigers scored again in the fourth inning. Mikie Mahtook walked with two outs, and came around to score on a single and fielding error by Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Yankee offense never got going, stranding eight runners en route to their 0-for-9 line with runners in scoring position. Brett Gardner extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the third inning.
The only other Yankee highlight came in the eighth inning, when Dellin Betances set down Jim Adduci, Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera in an immaculate inning. He is the sixth Yankee to accomplish the feat, joining Brandon McCarthy, Iván Nova, A.J. Burnett, Ron Guidry and Al Downing.
Next up for the Yankees is a four-game series in Cleveland, where Sonny Gray and Jaime García will make their Yankee debuts.
Aaron Hicks collected a single in three trips to the plate during the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A. Tyler Austin is expected to join him in Scranton shortly.