The Klingons say revenge is a plate best served COLD. It was COLD at Yankee Stadium on this Tuesday night, April 1st. Paul O’Neill said it was COLDER than the night before, when it was COLD. In that game the Yankees won 3-1. In this one, Detroit got revenge, winning by the same score 3-1.
It was Tanaka Tuesday, and Masahiro Tanaka was cruising — shutting down the Tigers for 5 innings. Clint Frazier put the Yankees ahead with a sacrifice fly, and so it was 1-0 Yanks in the 6th, when with 2 outs, a grounder to first bounced over Luke Voit‘s head and down the line for a double. A two out single made it a tie game.
It stayed COLD like that through 8 innings.
Tanaka was dancing. A fluid dance like the waltz — calm and mostly completely in control. He danced out of a 1st and 3rd nobody out danger situation in the 4th, inducing a popup and then getting a double play grounder. He got into trouble in the 7th, but Adam Ottavino came in to get the final batter.
Zimmerman Already Making Himself Trade Bait?
On the other hill, Jordan Zimmerman was coolly shutting down the Yankees. Michael Kay said if he keeps pitching this well, Detroit may be able to trade him and get something good for him. The season is 4 games old. The question is — is that Detroit’s goal this year? Coming off two consecutive 98-loss seasons, the answer is ‘yes’.
Austin Romine got a single in the 7th, finally forcing Zimmerman from the game after 94 pitches on the COLD night.
Michael Kay also kept saying “Murcer” all night, causing me to look up. But he was talking about Detroit shortstop Jody Mercer.
In the 9th, Aroldis Chapman came in and blew the tie. And that was it — Detroit 3 NY 1 and COLD Yankee fans headed to the exits.