After getting blown out by the Chicago White Sox yesterday, the Detroit Tigers got their revenge in early this afternoon. The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 9-1 victory. The win gave them their fourth consecutive series victory to open the season, and made them the first MLB team to win 10 games this year.
Yoenis Cespedes led the charge, homering twice off White Sox starter Jose Quintana. Cespedes' first home run was a two-out grand slam, capping off an excellent inning by the Tigers offense. The slam came on Quintana's 40th pitch of the inning. Cespedes added to his tally with a two-run shot in the third. He now has four home runs in eight career plate appearances against Quintana.
Shane Greene allowed his first earned run of the season today, but was otherwise just as good as in his first two starts of the year. Greene threw a season-high 102 pitches in seven innings, walking four and striking out three. He got a lot of help from his defense, which turned four double plays behind him this afternoon.
Victor Martinez was the talk of the Tigers fanbase before the game, but because Brad Ausmus admitted that Martinez is not fully healthy after having knee surgery in February. That didn't stop Martinez today, as the 36-year-old designated hitter had three hits and scored three runs. He had an RBI ground-rule double in the fifth inning, scoring Miguel Cabrera.
James McCann hit his first career triple in the second inning of today's game, a liner to the right-center field alley. McCann scored a run later in the inning, and was robbed of a second extra-base hit by a leaping Adam Eaton in the bottom of the fourth.
J.D. Martinez was the Tigers' best player in a clunker of a game. Martinez hit his fifth home run of the season, an opposite field shot off White Sox starter Chris Sale. While the homer came well after the game had been decided, it was enough to earn J.D. 42 percent of the vote.