In their first road game of the season, the Yankees sent Luis Severino to the mound. Despite showing some flashes of brilliance, Severino struggled a bit and gave up ten hits to the Tigers. Despite that, he managed to restrict them to just three runs. Considering that the Yankees' offense scored 24 runs in the last two games, it seemed like three runs would be a score the Yankees could beat. They could not. The Tigers tacked on another run late, and the Yankees didn't manage to get on the board at all. Detroit opened the series with a 4-0 win.
The Tigers got on the board pretty quickly in the first. Ian Kinsler led off the game for the Tigers with a double. After Severino struck out Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera singled home Kinsler. Severino stopped the damage there, but after one inning, Detroit led 1-0.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth. After getting the first out of the inning, Severino ran into a bit of bad luck. J.D. Martinez singled after Jacoby Ellsbury appeared to lose track of a fly ball. Nick Castellanos then added another single, moving Martinez to second. James McCann then loaded the bases with an infield single that Didi Gregorius made a nice stop on, preventing the run from scoring. They couldn't keep that run off the board for too long though, as Jose Iglesias singled to score Martinez. Anthony Gose then grounded into a force out at second, but the Yankees couldn't turn the double play, scoring another run. Severino got out of it after that, but the score was now 3-0.
Severino would get through the fifth without trouble and come back out for the sixth. After the first two hitters reached in the sixth, Joe Girardi went to the bullpen. Severino went five innings, allowing three runs on ten hits with five strikeouts. Giving up ten hits isn't great, but some of them were a bit unlucky for Severino. Johnny Barbato came in and got out of the jam, keeping the score 3-0.
Luis Cessa would come in to pitch the seventh for the Yankees. After getting the first out, he gave up a home run to Cabrera. That would be the only run he gave up in his two innings of work, however.
Throughout all that, the Yankees' offense couldn't do much of anything. Jordan Zimmermann shut them down for seven innings. The closest they came to scoring against him was when Mark Teixeira walked and advanced to second a wild pitch in the seventh. Former Yankee Justin Wilson pitched a scoreless eighth, and Kyle Ryan threw a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth, sealing the 4-0 win.
CC Sabathia will make his season debut tomorrow in game two of the series in Detroit. His counterpart for the Tigers will be Mike Pelfrey.