Gerrit Cole struggled in a short outing on Thursday, as the Yankees would give up nine home runs in a 15-11 loss to the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score
5 things to know from Thursday's game...
1) Cole got off to a rough start against the Tigers, giving up three-straight hits and allowing two home runs in the first inning as Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. Cole struck out Christin Stewart, got Jeimer Candelario to ground out, and struck out Jordy Mercer to end the first after 28 pitches.
2) Demeritte and Cabrera both took Cole deep again in the second inning, as the Tigers built a 6-0 lead through two innings. Cole finished the day after 44 pitches in 2.0 IP, allowing six earned runs on six hits, including four home runs.
3) Rosell Herrera doubled to right field to start the top of the third inning for the Yankees' first hit of the day. After back-to-back walks, Miguel Andujar drove in two runs with a bases loaded double to make the score 6-2 Tigers. RHP Sandy Baez came into the game for the Tigers with runners on second and third with two outs, and got Gary Sanchez to strike out swinging to end top of the third inning.
4) Cole wasn't the only Yankees pitcher to struggle on Thursday, as Jordan Montgomery entered the game in the fourth inning and gave up five earned runs in 3.0 IP on six hits, including four home runs. Luis Cessa came in for Montgomery in the seventh inning, and allowed three earned runs on four hits in 2.0 IP.
5) Kyle Higashioka had a strong game as the DH, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two home runs. 2B Ezequiel Duran pinch-hit for Sanchez in the top of the eighth inning and hit a two-run triple to center field, cutting the Tigers lead to 15-10.
The Yankees return home to George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday to face the Baltimore Orioles at 6:35 PM.