After racing out to an 11-2 start, the Detroit Tigers have lost three consecutive games. Their third straight loss came this afternoon, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees. The Tigers' pitching staff combined to allow just three hits, but issued six walks while the offense only mustered three hits of their own.
Anibal Sanchez was much better today than in his past two starts. He gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings, allowing one hit while striking out eight. He allowed four walks and needed help from his bullpen to escape a jam in the seventh inning.
Joba Chamberlain gave the Tigers a chance to win the game in the ninth inning by tossing a scoreless frame in relief. Joba allowed a hit, but was able to work around it while throwing just 12 pitches. He kept the game within a run, but the Tigers' offense was unable to score against Yankees closer Andrew Miller.
J.D. Martinez had two of the Tigers' three hits today. He doubled off the left field wall in the fourth inning, but was stranded at second base. Martinez also doubled in the seventh, but the Yankees were able to escape a jam with the score then tied at 1.
Anthony Gose got the Tigers off to a nice start, hitting a double off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka to lead off the bottom of the first. He eventually scored on a Victor Martinez sacrifice fly, giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
Ian Krol got the dubious honor of Player of the Game for what will probably be the worst game of the entire 2015 season. Not only did Krol have to pitch for two innings in freezing conditions, but he was also optioned to Triple-A Toledo today.