The Yankees had their first tie of Spring Training on Tuesday in a low-scoring battle with the Tigers. CC Sabathia made his second start of the Spring, pitching a strong four innings, allowing four hits, one run on a home run by Leonys Martin, striking out one, and walking one. The Tigers held onto their 1-0 lead for most of the game, as Jordan Zimmermann pitched five strong innings, allowing two hits, no runs, and walking none along with four strikeouts. Daniel Stumpf also pitched a scoreless inning for Detroit in the sixth, and the Tigers continued to cling to their one run lead.
Drew VerHagen came on in the seventh inning faced with the daunting task of setting down Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez. He managed to strike out all three swinging, as the frustration continued to grow for the Yankees’ offense. Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, and Chad Green pitched four consecutive scoreless innings for the Yankees, keeping deficit at one until Didi Gregorius stepped up to the plate to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Didi went after the first pitch he saw from Drew VerHagen, sending it over the right-center field wall for a solo home run to tie the game at one. Aaron Hicks followed up with a single, Miguel Andujar grounded out, and then a walk to Adam Lind by VerHagen, and Gleyber Torres by the new pitcher, Louis Coleman, loaded the bases. Shane Robinson grounded into a force out that scored Hicks, putting the Yanks up 2-1, but he would soon be thrown out attempting to steal second, ending the inning.
Giovanny Gallegos came on looking to close out the game and nail down the save, however he was unable to do so. JaCoby Jones led off with a single, and Victor Reyes hit a single of his own right after, and Jones scored on a wide throw by Yankees’ center fielder Estevan Florial. Gallegos retired the next three batters, and the Yankees would attempt to walk off in the bottom of the ninth. The Yankees managed to put two runners in scoring position with two outs, but Florial grounded out to end the game in a 2-2 tie.
The Yankees are back in action tomorrow afternoon to take on the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, with top pitching prospect Chance Adams set to face off against Miguel Castro. Gametime is 1:05 PM ET.