Tigers Drop Game And Series To Twins, 6-4
Things were looking ominous for the Detroit Tigers, Sunday afternoon. Matt Boyd gave up a home run at the very first bat, and things only got worse as the Tigers trailed 4-0, after the 3rd. Tiger batters took advantage of passed balls and errors as they clawed their way back and tied the game. However, the Tigers couldn’t hold on. The Twins scored again late, for the 6-4 win.
The Tigers would first get on the board in the bottom of the 4th, with a double from Upton, a single from Castellanos and a sac fly from Hicks, scoring Upton. But, it was a 5th inning, where the Tigers really took advantage of a tired pitcher, tired catching and some sloppy defensive plays all around.
Mahtook started the inning and made it to first on an error by Twins first basemen, Sano. A double from Presley would follow. Mahtook scored on a passed ball by Twins catcher, Gimenez and Castellanos tacked on another run, a single scoring Presley. Another passed ball would advance Castellanos, followed by a walk to Hicks and a wild pitch that would again advance the runners. Martinez was hit by a pitch. And although McCann struck out swinging, the Tigers scored the tying run on that same throw, on yet another passed ball.
The score would stay tied, 4-4, through the 8th inning. Bruce Rondon began the inning with back to back walks, and Saupold came on to relieve Rondon. The Twins scored two in the inning off of a sacrifice, a single and a sac fly. The Tigers trailed 6-4 and that’s how the score would stay. The Tigers did send the tying run to the plate in the 9th, but would not score.
Matt Boyd pitched five and two thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.
With the loss, the Tigers drop to eleven games below the .500 mark. The Tigers head to Texas, Monday night to begin a three game series with the Rangers. Michael Fulmer(10-9 3.59 ERA) gets the start. Martin Perez(6-10 5.18 ERA) gets the start for the Rangers. Our coverage can be heard at 7:40, on 95.3 WBCK.