In the series finale between the Yankees (38-31) and Detroit Tigers (35-34) at Yankee Stadium, with the Yankees going for the sweep, the Yankees lost to the Tigers 12-4 as J.D. Martinez drove in half of Detroit’s runs. Martinez hit two homers off of Masahiro Tanaka and one against Danny Burawa to become the first player in the American League to hit three homers in a game this season.
J.D. Martinez hit his first homer, a two-run blast, after an error with two outs by Didi Gregorius. His third homer was a second deck opposite field homer that drove in Victor Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth inning and it was his first multi-homer game of his career. Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer to the second deck in right in the first inning for his first homer since May 6.
Tanaka gave up six runs in the first the two innings and his pitches were up in the zone. His splitter, sinker and slider didn’t have the movement that they normally do. He ended up allowing five earned runs, seven overall, in five innings pitched. The three homers that he allowed were a career-high.
He took a step back in this start as he had allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts. His ERA went up from 2.49 to 3.17 after his rare ineffective performance.
“I was missing spots and I was missing by far margins so I wasn’t really sharp today,” Tanaka said.
“Location, split was up to Martinez,” Joe Girardi said. “He just didn’t have the control that he had the last couple of starts. For whatever reason, he (Tanaka) didn’t have it today. He just didn’t have good location. King Felix gave up eight runs in a third of an inning, these are human beings and some days they just don’t have it. He will bounce back.”
Also in the sixth inning for the Tigers, Andrew Romine, who is the brother of Yankees Triple-A catcher Austin Romine, hit a solo homer off of Jorge De Paula to give the Tigers their 12th and final run. Burawa allowed four runs while only recording two outs in the sixth and then Jorge De Paula come in with two outs in the sixth to give up Romine’s solo blast, and then was able to save the bullpen by holding the opposition scoreless over the final three innings. De Paula and Burawa both made their major-league debuts.
Stephen Drew hit a homer over the Lays sign in right in the ninth inning, to give the Yanks their fourth run, after hitting a solo shot in the seventh. That was his third multi-homer game of the season and his homer in the ninth inning gave him 11 for the season.
Even though he only has a .188 average, he has driven in 24 runs and his 11 homers are second in the American League among second basemen. He has been playing solid defense and has been contributing with homers and RBIs even though his average is not where he wants it to be.
The Yankees, who are still a game behind the Rays for first place in the AL East since Tampa Bay lost today, will continue their homestand with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. It is important that the Yankees win two or three games against the Phillies because their 24-47 record gives them the worst record in all of baseball.