Strikeout City — April 3, 2019: Detroit 2 NY 1

It wasn’t as COLD as the night before; in fact it was 60 degrees and SUNNY in this afternoon start (3pm) at Yankee Stadium. So SUNNY that there was a considerable sun field for most of the game. It was really windy too.

The SUN

Oddly enough Yankee batters weren’t looking into the SUN all afternoon while they set a record for strikeouts in one game. Eighteen (18). Remember there are 27 outs in a 9-inning game.

Judge Is GOOD

Things were looking Aaron Judge Good early. Judge made a Spectacular catch looking into the SUN in top of the 3rd on a Bullet to the wall — he had to jump up and catch it looking straight into the SUN. It saved a leadoff double and probable run. Judge is a terrific fielder.

An inning later Judge singled in the go-ahead run after DJ LeMahieu had doubled. LeMahieu is looking like the guy who batted .348 to win the NL batting title 3 years ago. He’s only 30. It’s been a long time since Yanks had a .320 kind of hitter — Derek Jeter batted .334 in 2009, 10 years ago. Robinson Cano batted .313 to .314 in 2012-14.

Let them Eat, Lasagna

On the Yankee hill, Jonathan Loaisiga started and looked great thru 3 innings. Then he walked 3 guys in the 4th, but got out of it with only 1 run allowed — and on that one, it was a sacrifice fly to right where Judge threw a one-hop STRIKE to home plate to JUST MISS the runner.

Another Injury

Then the Yankees suffered another injury — magically — Troy Tulowitzki came off the field with a calf strain. Last year he had surgery on both of his heels to remove bone spurs. So this shouldn’t be connected.

Detroit’s Pitchers

Detroit’s pitchers were Matthew Boyd (13 strikeouts in 6.1 innings), Buck Farmer (struck out both batters he faced), Joe Jimenez (struck out 2 of 3 batters faced) and former Yankee Shane Greene (struck out 1 in 1 inning).

Ballgame

Chad Green came in and gave up a homer to lead off the 8th and that was the ballgame, as the Yankee hitters were too busy striking out to score a run.

Don’t Blame

Don’t blame Clint Frazier — who had a hit and a walk, or Greg Bird — who had a hit. Or the Yankee pitchers who overall did good. Or Aaron Judge.

The Boxscore:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401074815

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