Tempers flare before Detroit Tigers earn split with New York Yankees
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton left a doubleheader split in sour moods Monday night.
Judge became the first player ever to record eight strikeouts in a doubleheader, including five punchouts in the nightcap, and Giancarlo Stanton was angry after being hit by another pitch from Tigers starter Mike Fiers.
Leonys Martin had two hits and scored twice as Detroit won the second game 4-2. New York took the opener 7-4 behind Luis Severino’s eight strong innings and a six-run fourth inning.
Judge struck out eight times in nine at-bats, the most in a doubleheader since strikeouts for hitters were first recorded in 1910 for the NL and 1913 in the AL, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Judge struck out in each of his five at-bats in the late game, including with a runner aboard in the bottom of the ninth.
The five strikeouts were a career high for Judge, who led the majors with 208 strikeouts while winning AL Rookie of the Year last season.
In the third inning of the second game, Fiers hit Stanton on the left forearm, leading to a brief verbal exchange between the pitcher and slugger. In September 2014, Fiers was pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers when he hit Stanton in the face, causing serious injuries.
“He wasn’t trying to hit me, but still, with the history, don’t hit me,” Stanton said. “That doesn’t eliminate pitching in — this is the major leagues — but either get it over the plate or make sure it doesn’t hit me.”
Stanton hit a 456-foot homer in the sixth, then pointed at Fiers as he crossed the plate.
“I understand the history, but I thought the way he handled it today was kind of childish,” Fiers said.
The doubleheader made up rainouts from April 14 and 15. Both teams wore No. 42 for the second game because they were making up their postponed Jackie Robinson Day showdown.
Fiers (5-3) got the win in the nightcap, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Three relievers finished, with Shane Greene striking out three in the ninth for his 15th save. Detroit’s pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in the game.
“That was a great job by our pitching staff,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Fiers gave us a chance to win the game, and our bullpen finished it off.”
New York’s Domingo German (0-4) allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Martin doubled and scored on Ronny Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the second for Rodriguez’s first major league RBI.
Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh to give Detroit a 4-2 lead.