Watch the Tigers give up two runs to the Yankees in the most humiliating manner possible
The Detroit Tigers appeared to be coasting through the first inning against the New York Yankees. Then, in an instant, an incredible miscalculation changed everything.
It’s no easy feat to get through the legendary New York Yankees lineup, but Detroit Tigers starter Tyler Alexander appeared to be on his way to accomplishing so in the first inning on Tuesday after getting himself into a hole.
For New York, an Aaron Hicks single was followed by walks from Anthony Rizzo and D.J. LeMahieu, but Alexander only needed to get Josh Donaldson out to get out of the bases-loaded jam in the first inning.
He appeared to have accomplished this when he got the seasoned third baseman to hit a sloppy pop-up right in front of him.
Rather, tragedy struck.
For whatever reason, Alexander attempted a nonchalant catch to get the out but, for whatever reason, struggled to secure the ball.
Due to the incredible error, catcher Tucker Barnhart attempted to rescue the out but was unable to recover, enabling the ball to fall and Hicks and Rizzo to cross the plate.
Tyler Alexander’s blunder costs the Tigers two Yankees
You’re not alone if you’re still perplexed as to how Alexander missed that catch.
Thankfully for Tigers fans’ sanity, Alexander was able to limit the damage by striking out Joey Gallo on the next at-bat for the Yankees.
However, manager A.J. Hinch evidently didn’t need to see Alexander’s error and two-run first inning because he was pulled before the second inning.
Despite predictions of a resurgent club from the Motor City this season, Detroit has gotten off to an abysmal 4-5 start. Plays like this don’t exactly instill confidence in the prospect of a quick turnaround.