The Yankees and Tigers brawled and the benches cleared multiple times on Thursday in a back-and-forth game that resulted in a 10-6 win for Detroit. >> Box score
Tensions flared three separate times and led to eight ejections in a game that lasted more than four hours. The two sides first scuffled in the sixth inning following the ejection of Tommy Kahnle and manager Joe Girardi. In the end, Girardi, Tommy Kahnle, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, and bench coach Rob Thompson were all tossed.
Yankees starter Jaime Garcia allowed four runs, two earned, in four innings. The Yankees' bullpen didn't fare any better, as Adam Warren and David Robertson allowed two runs apiece while Betances and Caleb Smith also allowed runs.
Sanchez had two hits, including his 27th home run of the year, to pace the Yankees. Brett Gardner had three hits and an RBI while Aaron Judge went 1-for-4 and did not strike out.
Baseball brawls typically boost one team or the other. When benches clear several times there is no telling which team will get that extra push. Today, it was the Tigers.
The loss hurts for obvious reasons having to do with baseball. The Yankees could lose ground in the standings because the pitching was not very good. There will likely be other losses - in the way of suspensions - having to do with something beyond the game, fists.
The Yankees could be without some players via suspensions - namely Romine, Sanchez, Brett Gardner and maybe even Dellin Betances if they feel there was intent when he bit James McCann in the head. Romine and Sanchez are virtually assured of suspensions. Romine got some punches in on Cabrera while they were on the ground. Meanwhile, Sanchez, against two different players, threw punches during the first melee. Once punches are thrown that usually results in a suspension.
The Yankees are in a place in the season where being a whole team is crucial to their success. That will be surely be put to the test in the coming days.
The Yankees (68-57) will begin a series with the Mariners (65-63) at Yankee Stadium on Friday at 7:05 p.m. CC Sabathia (10-5, 3.99 ERA) will face Ariel Miranda (8-6, 4.78 ERA).