The Detroit Tigers could not get anything going offensively tonight, and had more double plays (4) than runs scored (2) for the second straight game. The Tigers lost 5-2 after the bullpen allowed four runs in the final three innings, the first real meltdown we've seen from them this season.
Kyle Lobstein got off to a rough start, allowing a run in the first inning and throwing 47 pitches through his first two frames. He settled down after that, and was able to pitch through the sixth without allowing another run. Lobstein walked four batters and only struck out three, but held the Yankees to just three hits. He did not allow a runner to reach third base after the first inning.
J.D. Martinez was one of the lone bright spots for the offense tonight, collecting three hits. He hit a double to left field in the bottom of the seventh, and scored both of the Tigers' runs on the night.
Yoenis Cespedes had just one hit in four at-bats, but he had some of the better at-bats of the night for the Tigers. He lined out to Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi in the second inning, a hard comebacker that could have resulted in much worse for Eovaldi. Cespedes also scalded a ball to center field in the seventh inning, resulting in a sacrifice fly.
Blaine Hardy was the last pitcher to come out of the bullpen tonight, but he was able to stop the bleeding in a brutal seventh inning. With three runs in and the bases loaded, Hardy retired Brian McCann to end the threat, keeping the Tigers within striking distance. Hardy allowed an unearned run in 2 1/3 innings tonight.
Alfredo Simon had his second spectacular outing in as many starts on Monday, holding the Yankees to just one run in 7 1/3 innings. He earned 75 percent of the BYB Player of the Game vote.