The Yankees' late rally wasn't enough as they were defeated by the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the series finale of a four-game set on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Here are some takeaways...
- Clarke Schmidt took the ball for New York this afternoon looking to build off his strong outing the last time out. The right-hander got off to a nice start, allowing just one hit and striking out four batters the first time through the order. He issued a leadoff walk in the third but quickly erased the baserunner on a double-play. Schmidt continued cruising in the fourth, picking up three more strikeouts, but with his pitch count rising, he ran into trouble in the fifth.
Sacred Heart University product Zack Short launched a solo home run leading off the inning for the first run of the game. A few batters later, the Tigers added another run on a broken bat single off the bat of young outfielder Riley Greene.
Schmidt almost worked his way out of the inning, but Kerry Carpenter's two-out single extended the inning and drove in one more. Aaron Boone decided to go to the bullpen, bringing the righty's day to an end. Kenyan Middleton entered and needed just one pitch to get out of the first-and-third jam. In total, Schmidt allowed three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out seven across 5.2 innings in his ninth loss of the season.
- The Yankees offense wasn't able to get much going against Tigers starter Matt Manning this afternoon. The young right-hander held them to just two hits and two walks while striking out out four across six strong innings of work.
One of the Yanks hits was a fourth-inning Anthony Volpe double, giving them their first runner in scoring position, but the threat was quickly erased as the rookie was picked off second. They got the leadoff man on in the sixth after Oswaldo Cabrera drew a walk, but they weren't able to take advantage of it again, as a fly out and DJ LeMahieu double play ended the inning.
- With the Yankees still trailing 3-0, Albert Abreu struggled in the eight. A ground-rule double and back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but the righty was able to get back-to-back strikeouts to escape the inning unscathed.
- Cabrera got the Yanks started in the top of the ninth, reaching on a bunt single and two batters later LeMahieu drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. After Gleyber Torres grounded into a double play, Volpe snuck a game-tying thee-run shot over the right field wall. The 22-year-old became the first rookie in franchise history to put together a 20-20 season.
- After Clay Holmes put together a clean bottom of the ninth, Aaron Judge came off the bench as a pinch-hitter leading off the tenth but he grounded out to short. New York went down 1-2-3 as they failed to advance the automatic runner from his starting spot at second base.
- Jonathan Loaisiga entered in the tenth inning and got the big first out he needed. After issuing an intentional walk, he got the double play ball the Yanks were looking for, but a Torres throwing error on the turn went wide of first and forced in the winning run.
The Yankees, along with top prospects Jasson Dominguez and Austin Wells, head to Houston for a three-game weekend set with the Astros.