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Yankees defeat Tigers in series opener, 4-2

The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, in what was a very sloppy baseball game.

There were a combined 16 walks and some very bad defense by the Tigers.

Gerrit Cole made his third start of the season and was absolutely terrible. He didn’t make it out of the second inning and issued a career-high five walks and allowed two runs.

Clarke Schmidt was the first one out of the bullpen and he did an outstanding job, tossing 3.1 shutout innings and striking out six. Wandy Peralta, Clay Holmes, Miguel Castro and Aroldis Chapman also recorded scoreless appearances. Chapman nailed down his second save of the season.


Three of the Yankees four runs came in the first two innings. Josh Donaldson hit a high popup in the infield and the Tigers dropped the ball, allowing a pair of runs to score. In the second, Aaron Hicks launched a sacrifice fly to left. In the ninth, DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to six games with a two-out RBI single to right.

Detroit scored their first run on a bases-loaded walk. Robbie Grossman drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to left.

Joey Gallo struck out four times. Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached base three times with two singles, two stolen bases, and a walk. Hicks also reached base three times.

Luis Severino gets the ball on Wednesday night as the Yankees try to secure a series victory. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM ET.