Aroldis can't finish what Tanaka started

Righty fans 7 in 6 2/3 innings; Voit frustrated but uninjured after HBP

April 3rd, 2019

NEW YORK -- 's fastball is lacking some of its usual sizzle, but as the bruised and battered Yankees continue to say they have sufficient firepower to inflict damage, they witnessed plenty of steam being released by a snarling .

His left hand still throbbing from a hit-by-pitch in the eighth inning, Voit said that he had been "pissed off" by a confluence of events in the Yankees' 3-1 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium: the errant Joe Jimenez fastball that smashed his flesh, the flippant way the Detroit hurler later completed a double play and, of course the final score.

"That's the second time I've been hit in that area already," said Voit, whose precautionary X-rays were negative. "I get it, they're trying to pitch up and in, but especially with all of the injuries going around, it's just frustrating. He's not trying to do it on purpose, but you never know what can happen. It's just frustrating."

Voit also opined that Jimenez showed him up when the next batter, , hit a liner back to the mound. Jimenez snared the drive and sprinted to first base, punctuating his unassisted double play with a leap onto the bag.

"Balls aren't falling our way," Voit said. "I believe in these guys. It's super early. This stuff is going to happen. It's just a little frustrating right now, but it's Game 5. We've still got 157 more."

Held to one run over 6 2/3 innings by Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann, the Yankees went hitless with runners in scoring position and left six men on base, wasting 's strong effort.

The right-hander followed his Opening Day victory by limiting the Tigers to one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings, and has collected 12 strikeouts without a walk so far this season. Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks stroked back-to-back doubles off him in the sixth inning to answer 's second-inning sacrifice fly.

"It hurts us as a team, having this many guys out," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "Just talking for myself, I've got to go out there and do my job; just go out there and try to put up as many zeros as possible and help the team in that way."

With the score tied at 1 in the ninth, Chapman became an unwilling participant in a pair of milestones for rookie outfielder Dustin Peterson, who barreled a go-ahead double for his first Major League hit and RBI.

Making his third appearance of the season, Chapman issued a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Niko Goodrum, who scored all the way from first base as Peterson connected with Chapman's 94.8 mph fastball and sent it over 's head in left-center. Jordy Mercer added a run-scoring single to pad the lead.

"I felt good out there today," Chapman said through an interpreter. "I felt my pitches were good, sharp. Credit to them, they were able to connect, so I'll tip my hat to them today."

Chapman is long known for his triple-digit velocity, including registering 105 mph as recently as July 2016, but there had been concern after his velocity averaged 95.1 mph in his Opening Day appearance.

That was partially assuaged when his heater averaged 97.2 mph in Monday's 3-1 victory over Detroit, and his velocity held serve in Tuesday's outing, though it did not generate the same results.

"The Tigers were able to get a couple of barrels on some balls and get some runs, but Chappy is still our guy," said. "It doesn't matter if it's 95 or 105. He always gets the job done."

The loss is Chapman's first since Aug. 25, 2017, vs. Seattle. Taking a deeper dive into the radar gun readings, all but five of his 23 pitches were fastballs, averaging 97.0 mph and reaching a max of 99.5 mph.

"I think that the velocity that I have right now, it's good enough to get the job done," Chapman said. "It's about getting the job done at the end of the day. The velocity is not really the answer, it's about executing pitches."