Live Tigers blog: Tigers rally falls short in loss

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News
Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd works in the first inning.


With the tying run 90 feet away, Miguel Cabrera stepped to the dish against Aroldis Chapman for a classic confrontation between two of the best in the game. The match up didn't last long as Cabrera grounded out to end the game on the first pitch he saw.

Mike Aviles notched a leadoff single to right field to give the Tigers a chance with the tying run at the plate. Aviles moved up to second base on a wild pitch from Chapman with Jose Iglesias at the dish. Iglesias then battled Chapman to a full count and was able to coax a walk before Cameron Maybin laid down a bunt and beat the throw to first base to load the bases for J.D. Martinez with nobody out. Martinez grounded into a double play, scoring a run to make it 5-4 and setting up the Cabrera at-bat.

Matt Boyd was perfect through four innings and hadn't given up a hit through five. Unfortunately for the Tigers youngster, he gave up a run in the sixth and the seventh inning snowballed on him and the Tigers bullpen as the Yankees put up four runs to go up 5-1 and were able to hang on for the 5-3 win.

Robert Refsnyder was the man of the hour for the Yankees, ending the no-hit bid by Boyd before delivering the go-ahead RBI in the sixth.

Despite taking the loss, it was another solid performance by Boyd as he makes his case to be a regular part of the Tigers rotation along with the other youngsters in the organization, Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris.

Top 9th: Yankees 5, Tigers 3

Don't let it be said that Buck Farmer didn't show up to the ballpark tonight ready to go.

Austin Romine grounded out to second base, Didi Gregorious became Farmer's third strikeout victim and Aaron Hicks grounded out to second base.

Farmer put together two perfect innings. The Tigers rewarded him with a run in the eighth. They'll need two more against Yankees' closer Aroldis Chapman, one of the more imposing pitchers in all of baseball.

Bottom 8th: Yankees 5, Tigers 3

The Tigers got the tying run to the plate and Ian Kinsler came on to pinch-hit with two men on and two outs. Kinsler drilled a double to left field that scored Miguel Cabrera from second base to cut the lead to 5-3, but Justin Upton was thrown out at the plate as he tried to score all the way from first base.

Cabrera drew a leadoff walk, reaching base for the fourth time tonight. Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos both struck out before Upton drew the two-out walk to set up Kinsler's appearance.

Tough break for the Tigers as Upton couldn't beat out the relay to the plate.

Top 8th: Yankees 5, Tigers 2

Buck Farmer came on in the eighth inning and kept the Tigers within shouting distance of the Yankees as he set the visitors down in order.

Mark Teixeira grounded out, Alex Rodriguez struck out and Chase Headley did the same.

The Tigers still have an uphill battle in front of them with Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman due to try and close this thing out.

Bottom 7th: Yankees 5, Tigers 2

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a leadoff walk from Dellin Betances and moved up to second on a wild pitch. Mike Aviles hit a ball hard right at Dellin Betances, bouncing it off the pitcher's glove then off the glove of a diving Robert Refsnyder and into the outfield, scoring Saltalamacchia to make it 5-2.

With Aviles on second base, Betances went to work, striking out Jose Iglesias, Cameron Maybin and J.D. Martinez to stop the would-be rally in its tracks.

Top 7th: Yankees 5, Tigers 1

Robert Refsnyder ended the no-hit bid for Matt Boyd in the sixth and scored the Yankees first run of the game. He furthered his impact on the game with an RBI single that put New York up 2-1 with one out in the seventh.

Aaron Hicks put a ball in play as Bobby Parnell relieved Boyd, hitting it just out of the reach of a diving Jose Iglesias to bring home Chase Headley and push the lead to 3-1.

Kyle Ryan got the call with men on first and second to face Jacoby Ellsbury. That didn't work out so well as Ellsbury tripled to right field and busted the game wide open at 5-1.

Alex Rodriguez got things started with a leadoff single to left field, Chase Headley followed with a single to center field and the Yankees were in business.

Austin Romine came to the dish and laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a heads up play by getting the lead runner at third before the Refsnyder RBI.

Boyd's final line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 79 pitches

Bottom 6th: Tigers 1, Yankees 1

Miguel Cabrera led things off with a single to right field, his third hit of the night, but the Tigers couldn't do anything with the big man, stranding him at first base.

Victor Martinez popped out to shallow left field, Nick Castellanos struck out for the third time tonight and after the Yankees brought in reliever Dellin Betances for Michael Pineda, Justin Upton grounded out to end the inning.

Michael Pineda's line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 96 pitches

Top 6th: Tigers 1, Yankees 1

Robert Refsnyder went down and got the first pitch of the sixth inning, driving it for a leadoff double to center field and the Yankees' first hit of the night off of Matt Boyd.

More importantly, after Aaron Hicks flew out to left, moving Refsnyder up to third base with one out, Jacoby Ellsbury brought home the first run of the game for the Yankees, tying it 1-1.

Starlin Castro notched a two-out single to right field, Carlos Beltran dropped one into center field but Boyd was able to strike out Mark Teixeira to get out of the jam.

Bottom 5th: Tigers 1, Yankees 0

Despite a few struggles, Michael Pineda has kept the Tigers lineup at bay, racking up seven strikeouts and keeping his team in the game even as Matt Boyd rolls through the Yankee lineup.

Mike Aviles grounded out to the shortstop and Jose Iglesias struck out swinging to start the inning.

Cameron Maybin reached first base on a throwing error, but Pineda was able to get J.D. Martinez to ground out to end the inning.

Pineda has thrown 82 pitches through five frames. I'm not sure he'll get through more than six innings tonight.

Top 5th: Tigers 1, Yankees 0

Matt Boyd finally allowed a Yankee batsmen to reach first base as he walked Chase Headley with two outs after not getting the benefit of the doubt on a 2-2 call that was right on the edge of the strike zone.

Nevertheless, Boyd got out of the inning unscathed, getting Austin Romine to ground out to second base to end the inning.

Mark Teixeira grounded out to third and Alex Rodriguez struck out looking to start the inning.

Not only is Boyd pitch well, he's keeping his pitch count in great shape. He's thrown just 52 pitches through the first five frames.

Bottom 4th: Tigers 1, Yankees 0

Justin Upton blooped a single into shallow right field with two outs to score Miguel Cabrera from third base and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Cabrera doubled to leadoff the inning and moved up to third base after Victor Martinez grounded out to the right side of the infield. Nick Castellanos couldn't get the big guy home from third, becoming Michael Pineda's fifth strikeout victim of the night.

After Upton moved up to second base on a wild pitch, Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging to end the inning.

Pineda nearly stranded that leadoff double by Cabrera with his ability to strike guys out. He's got six punch outs tonight, but his pitch count is up there (66) and he isn't firmly in control of his stuff.

Top 4th: Tigers 0, Yankees 0

Matt Boyd is off to about as good of a start as a pitcher could be, setting the Yankees down in order for the fourth consecutive inning on just 38 pitches (11 in the 4th).

Jacoby Ellsbury flew out to left field, Starlin Castro grounded out to third base and Carlos Beltran lined out to third.

Boyd is moving the ball around nicely and pitching to contact. That's what's keeping his pitch count down. He has just one strikeout.

Bottom 3rd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0

Jose Iglesias singled through the right side of the infield with one out but was thrown out trying to steal second base.

Cameron Maybin followed with a single of his own, but J.D. Martinez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Mike Aviles grounded out to leadoff the inning.

Top 3rd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0

Poor Matt Boyd. His arm must be gassed after throwing 13 pitches in the third inning after having thrown just 14 over the first two frames. Still, he set the Yankees down in order once again and if off to a great start at Comerica Park.

Austin Romine grounded out, Robert Refsnyder did the same and Aaron Hicks struck out swinging.

Boyd rolled through that Yankees lineup the first time through. We'll see what he's really featuring tonight as he makes his second trip through the order.

Bottom 2nd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0

Michael Pineda has settled in after a shaky first inning, picking up his second and third strikeouts and dusting the Tigers off with ease in the second frame.

Nick Castellanos struck out swinging, Justin Upton did the same and Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to second base to end the inning.

Pineda has the stuff to dominate. He just hasn't found his stuff this season. Hopefully for the Tigers, he doesn't find it tonight.

Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0

Matt Boyd is Mr. Efficiency through the first two innings at Comerica Park, setting the Yankees down in order for the second consecutive inning, throwing just six pitches this time around.

Mark Teixeira grounded out to the shortstop, Alex Rodriguez flew out to left field on a nice grab by Justin Upton and Chase Headley grounded out to second.

That's just 14 pitches for Boyd in the first two frames.

Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Yankees 0

Michael Pineda has not had a good season thus far for the Yankees, entering tonight's game with an ERA of 6.92.

J.D. Martinez jumped on the much-maligned starter, drilling a one-out double to left field. Miguel Cabrera singled to right field, putting runners at the corners for Victor Martinez, who, unceremoniously ended the inning by grounding into a double play.

Cameron Maybin struck out swinging to leadoff the inning.

Top 1st: Tigers 0, Yankees 0

Matt Boyd is off to a solid start at Comerica Park, setting the Yankees down in order to get thing started.

Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to second base, Starlin Castro grounded out to the shortstop and Carlos Beltran fouled out as Boyd threw just eight pitches in the first inning.


1. Cameron Maybin, CF

2. J.D. Martinez, RF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Nick Castellanos, 3B

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Mike Aviles, 2B

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Matt Boyd, P


1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Carlos Beltran, RF

4. Mark Teixeira, 1B

5. Alex Rodriguez, DH

6. Chase Headley, 3B

7. Austin Romine, C

8. Rob Refsnyder, 2B

9. Aaron Hicks, LF

Michael Pineda, P


When: Thursday, 7:40 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

Pitching matchup: Matt Boyd (0-0, 2.79 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda (2-6, 6.92 ERA)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)

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