DETROIT -- After the Minnesota Twins put up a four-spot against Matt Boyd and the Tigers, the Detroit offense bounced back in the seventh and eighth innings to rally against the Twinkies. Thanks to big hits like Victor Martinez's two-run double and a two-run blast by Rajai Davis, the Tigers won 6-4 over the Twins to open the final home series of the season.
The game started out well and good. Boyd was unhittable through four innings and he had allowed just one walk. The Tigers had turned two double plays in the game. He walked back-to-back batters in the fifth then Nick Castellanos made a bad throw on a groundout and that loaded the bases. Eddie Rosario smoked a bases-clearing triple and then Eduardo Escobar popped out to Ian Kinsler, except Rosario headed for home and Kinsler threw the ball past James McCann's glove and Rosario was safe at home.
/cue the Yakkity Sax music.
Meanwhile, the Tigers had a whopping eight hits and only one run to show for it. Castellanos drilled a ground-rule double and then scored on an RBI single by Rajai Davis. But really, that's all they put together. Anthony Gose, Kinsler, and Miguel Cabrera, struck out twice apiece, which doesn't bode well for a good offensive night. J.D. Martinez had a decent night, with two singles, and the Andrew Romine/Dixon Machado mashup combined to be 2-for-3 -- both singles. Oh, and Davis had an epic 14-pitch at-bat vs. Casey Fien. Sadly, it ended in a flyout to left field.
A 14-pitch at-bat for Rajai Davis ends on a flyout to left field. Crazy. pic.twitter.com/CFSYM7ARsE— Catherine Slonksnis (@CSlonksnis) September 26, 2015
Not so sadly, the Tigers tied it up in the seventh thanks to two doubles by Kinsler and Victor Martinez. But much credit also goes to Machado who got it started, followed by a walk from Gose as he'd struck out twice earlier. Both walks by Twins pitchers came around to score. So, I suppose that evens things up (literally, it did). Thanks to Davis, the game didn't stay tied when he blasted a homer. The Tigers finished with 13 hits, which isn't too bad after all.
Nick Castellanos: Got a broken bat single in the second then smoked a ground-rule double in the fifth that he later scored on. Oh, and he also doubled in the eighth.
Matt Boyd: OK here's the thing. Boyd gave up no hits through four innings. Then in the fifth he gave up four runs, including a 415-foot bases-clearing triple. On one hit. BUT it should be noted that he only gave up four because of the defense. Two of his four walks scored on that triple but one shouldn't have been present were it not for a throwing error by Nick Castellanos. Also, on a popout to Ian Kinsler, a run scored a sac fly (!!), which, well, weird baseball. He gave up one hit.
Ian Kinsler: OK we'll give him a ROAR for the ground-rule double that put the Tigers within two.
Rajai Davis: Belted a two-run go-ahead home run to right field to give the Tigers the 6-4 lead in the eighth. He also drove in the RBI single in the fifth that got the Tigers on the board, driving in half the runs for Detroit.
Victor Martinez: So, the Twins opted to kinda intentionally walk Cabrera. So, V-Mart just walloped a 1-0 pitch on a line drive to center field for a two-run double, tying the game.
Tigers 1-3 batters: Were a combined 1-for-10 with six strikeouts. Gose did manage to draw a walk in the seventh and Kinsler got the double.
Tigers offense: (Shortly after writing this the Tigers rallied for a three-run seventh inning and tied the game, so never mind.)
STREAKS AND STATS:
- The Tigers have turned multiple double plays in 42 games this season and have 156 double plays this season, which ranks second in the AL.
- The Tigers made three errors in the game, marking the first time this season they've done so. They had seven in 2014, for what it's worth.
- Miguel Cabrera made his first error in 30 games, his last coming on June 30 vs. the Pirates. It's just his fourth error of the year.
- Rajai Davis' home run in the eighth marked his second career home to right field, both of which have come this season. The homer was his eighth of the season and tied a career high for homers in a year. His last came on Sept. 8 vs. the Rays.
Anthony Gose's stolen base in the eighth inning marked his 22nd on the season.Never mind he was caught stealing like a nincompoop.
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