Although starter Masahiro Tanaka's delivered a six-inning effort, the Yankees could not come through against Jordan Zimmermann, as the Tigers beat New York, 2-0, in a day filled with plenty of rain. >> Box score
Tanaka allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Detroit took an early lead in the first on Justin Upton's double, while Jacoby Ellsbury's error in the fourth allowed the Tigers to add another run.
Zimmermann yielded six hits and also struck out six, keeping the Yankees out of the run column. Chase Headley and Gary Sanchez recorded the only extra-base hits with doubles.
After a rain delay kept the game from starting on time, more inclement weather hit Yankee Stadium after the bottom of the seventh and forced the game to be paused for more than three hours.
After the return to baseball, Dellin Betances threw an immaculate inning with three strikeouts on nine pitches, the sixth Yankee and 87th pitcher in MLB history to accomplish the feat. However, the Yankees could push a run across the board.
For the second straight day, the Yankees' offense was kept under wraps by a starting pitcher sporting an ERA over 5.50 coming into play.
Since the second half began, the Yankees offense has slashed .250/.317/.416 with a 91 wRC+ (No. 20 in MLB) before today's game. When the Yankees finished the first half, they owned a slash line of .264/.344/.450 with a 111 wRC+ (No. 2 in MLB) and were averaging 5.5 runs per game. Through today's loss, the Yankees are averaging 4.2 runs per game since returning from the break.
Finally, the Yankees have to do a better job of minimally making productive outs, as they have continually left runners on third base with less than one out this season. The futility has been exacerbated this week, in which they have failed to score a single run on two separate occasions with runners on second and third with no one out.
Regardless of how good the Yankees pitching might be down the stretch, they need to do a much better job with the bats as a collective group in order to reach and then be a threat in the postseason.
The Yankees head to Cleveland to take on the Indians on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. Sonny Gray (6-5, 3.43 ERA) is expected to make his Yankees debut. Corey Kluber (8-3, 2.90) will get the ball for the Indians.