On a night where the bats were as cold as the temperature, the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Six things to know about Tuesday's game..
1) Aroldis Chapman came on in a tie game and allowed two runs on two hits after handing out a crucial walk. Chapman was sitting 97-98 mph for much of the appearance, and did hit 100 mph one pitch. But the placement on the fastball was not great and he was subsequently burned by it.
2) Masahiro Tanaka scattered eight hits across 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. One can argue that Tanaka was undone by a couple of poor plays by Luke Voit at first base leading to the lone run. Tanaka struck out seven batters and walked none. He has been great for the Yankees in his two starts this season, which is a welcome occurrence with the club battling injuries.
3) Adam Ottavino made his fourth appearance of the season (remember we are five games in), and struck out three hitters in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. The Yankees are down Dellin Betances at the backend of the bullpen, but the club will have to be cautious not to overuse Ottavino. That's easier said than done when he turns in performances like he has thus far.
4) DJ LeMahieu continues to rack up hits, grabbing two more tonight along with a run scored. LeMahieu is hitting .500 on the season and has been playing incredible defense. Now that Miguel Andujar is out indefinitely with a small labrum tear, LeMahieu will receive a bulk of the starts at third base. It will be interesting to see if the Yankees begin to use the former NL batting champion at the top of the order.
5) Clint Frazier got the start as the designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and RBI. Meanwhile, Tyler Wade went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Both Frazier and Wade stand to receive playing time with all the injuries, and each might be playing with a chip on their shoulders. Let's see if it pays off.
6) Since his Opening Day home run, Voit is 2-for-15 with one RBI. He has left eight runners on base during the span, including three tonight. To make matters worse, Voit has not been very good in the field. The Yankees simply cannot put him at first base if he's not going to hit.
You've just entered the Judgement Zone. pic.twitter.com/R1ezrQaC4l- New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 2, 2019
The Yankees play their final game on this homestand against the Tigers on Wednedsay at 4:05 p.m. Jonathan Loaisiga will get the ball for the Yanks, and face Matthew Boyd.