NEW YORK -- The Tigers thought they'd escaped the eighth inning with a one-run lead when the Yankees' Luke Voit was unable to check his swing on a 3-2 slider in the dirt from Joe Jimenez, stranding runners at first and second.First-base umpire Paul Nauert thought otherwise.As the players on
NEW YORK -- The Tigers thought they'd escaped the eighth inning with a one-run lead when the Yankees' Luke Voit was unable to check his swing on a 3-2 slider in the dirt from Joe Jimenez, stranding runners at first and second.
First-base umpire Paul Nauert thought otherwise.
As the players on the field took their first steps toward the dugout, Nauert ruled that Voit had checked his swing, granting him a walk that loaded the bases and extended the inning. The Yankees took full advantage of the opportunity and put up three runs before the end of the frame en route to a 7-5 victory on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
"All I can really say is, usually on check swings I appeal, because I'm not sure," catcher James McCann said. "This one, I was pretty sure. You can tell based off my reaction. I jumped up and tagged him and was ready to run off the field. It's definitely a surprising no-call.
"It was one of the most surprising no-calls I've ever seen on a checked swing. Moment aside, just that far of a swing usually gets called a lot of times by the home-plate umpire. It doesn't get appealed."
Manager Ron Gardenhire argued the call and was ejected for the fourth time this season and 77th time in his managerial career.
"It looked like [Jimenez] got the last out. It looked like he did," Gardenhire said. "And you know what? If it comes down to stuff like that, so be it. ... It's part of the game."
As Gardenhire made his way off the field after arguing the call, he glanced at Voit and asked, "Did you swing?"
Voit just smiled and shook his head.
"I just started laughing," Voit said. "He was getting a kick out of it. He's old school. He's trying to have fun. He's trying to help his players and have his players' back."
Alex Wilson was then called on to escape the bases-loaded jam, but he was unable to do so, allowing a two-run single to Gleyber Torres that put the Yankees back on top. Austin Romine tacked on a run two batters later on an RBI single to shortstop.
Starter Jordan Zimmermann got off to a hot start, carrying a no-hitter through the first five frames. But a costly error by rookie second baseman Dawel Lugo started the sixth and sparked a negative chain of events. With a three-run lead, Zimmermann gave up a two-run shot to Brett Gardner before Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar hit back-to-back jacks to put the Yanks ahead, 4-3.
"You try to keep the ball in the yard and keep it on the ground, and I did a great job for five innings," Zimmermann said. "I just made two mistakes the whole game, and they ended up being home runs. The ball that Andujar hit out, I can live with that one. I made my pitch, and he just got a decent swing on it and it just got over. At the end of the day, it's a good outing. We didn't get the win, which I wish we would have, but [there's] a lot of positives to take out of it."
The Tigers came back in the seventh on an RBI single by Michael Mahtook that tied the score, and a sacrifice fly by Ronny Rodriguez put the club back in the lead before the Yankees' three-run eighth.
Detroit got on the board first on Niko Goodrum's solo homer in the fourth and a two-run triple by Jim Adduci in the fifth.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
With two outs in the fourth, Goodrum broke the scoreless tie with a blast to right-center on a 99.9-mph fastball from Yankees starter Luis Severino. According to Statcast™, it was the fastest pitch hit for a home run in the Majors this season and the fastest Severino pitch that has ever gone yard.
With the homer, his 15th of the season, Goodrum now has the most by a Tigers rookie since 2003, when Craig Monroe hit 23 and Eric Munson hit 18.
HE SAID IT
"Where's [Voit] from? I don't know where he's from. I didn't understand his language. I think he's a country boy, though. He looks like a country boy. I was a little frustrated and said, 'Did you swing?' And he just [shakes his head 'no']. You've got to have those moments out there, because I was frustrated and ... my wife's watching this game, and I don't want her to see the angry side of me. But he did have a big smile on his face. -- Gardenhire, on his encounter with Voit after being ejected in the eighth inning
Daniel Norris is expected to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list prior to Saturday's game against the Yankees to make his first start since April 29 after undergoing groin surgery at the beginning of May. Norris made four rehab appearances, including three starts, in the Minor Leagues, posting a 2.31 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings. In his five big league appearances before being sidelined, Norris went 0-2 and racked up a 5.87 ERA. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball for New York. First pitch is slated for 4:05 p.m. ET.
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.