Michael Fulmer had a rough day but Steven Moya had a memorable night. The Detroit Tigers’ offense teed off on the Seattle Mariners to the tune of 12 hits, and the Tigers won 5-1, giving them a three-game winning streak.
Fulmer’s day was short-lived. From the get-go his command was off, and while he settled down long enough to retire 10 straight batters, his start wouldn’t last beyond 4 1/3 innings. During his six-game streak of dominance, the changeup was a huge pitch for him but on Wednesday night he rarely utilized it.
It was a good thing the Tigers’ offense was on fire because Fulmer’s command was not. While he limited the damage to one run in the fifth, Fulmer got yanked after he loaded the bases and hit back-to-back batters, which ended his day. Lucky for him, Kyle Ryan’s command had returned and he took care of business by eliminating a bases-loaded threat.
Whereas Fulmer struggled, Steven Moya had quite the evening, launching two home runs to each side of the park and making a few nifty defensive plays. Miguel Cabrera’s first-pitch meatball home run in the first gave the Tigers three runs, and Jose Iglesias’ two-run double ensured some distance.
Miguel Cabrera: Leadoff solo home run. Obviously. He also walked twice.
Steven Moya: Fourth inning homer to right, as well as several defensive plays in right. Oh, and another one in the fifth, this time to left field. He finished 3-for-4 with
Jose Iglesias: Knocked a two-run double to left in the second inning, as well as a two singles later in the game.
Tigers bullpen: Lights-out. Needed.
Michael Fulmer: He had a two-on situation to deal with in the first, and then he collapsed in the fifth. The only run he allowed was on a bases-loaded hit batter, but it was clear he had no command throughout the game and the Tigers weren’t going to take any chances.
STATS AND INFO:
- Miguel Cabrera’s home run in the first marked the 16th of the season, and the 424th of his career, passing Adrian Beltre for 49th all-time.
- Justin Upton’s 11-game hitting streak came to a crashing halt as he finished 0-for-4 on the night.
- Jose Iglesias has had at least one hit in all but two of his 20 games in June. He is batting .356/.427/.479 with a home run, six doubles, and eight RBI in that time.
- Iglesias’ 3-for-3, two-RBI night was the first of his MLB career. The only time he's had at least two RBI in a game where he also had at least three hits was on June 6, 2015. He finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a double that night.
- Victor Martinez struck out thrice for just the 10th time in his career. The last time he had a hat trick was this season, on June 7 against the Blue Jays. He has never struck out four times in his MLB career.
- Steven Moya’s two-homer game was the first of his MLB career. He has three homers on the year and is filling in for J.D. Martinez quite well.
Only once in Michael Fulmer's pro career (incl. MiLB) has he plunked two batters in a game: 5/27/14, Hi-A Pt. St. Lucie Mets vs. Brevard Cty— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) June 23, 2016
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