DETROIT — Daniel Norris didn’t have a dominant start, but he did enough while the offense went to town on Trevor Bauer. The Tigers won 7-1 behind a three-run home from Tyler Collins and a solid bullpen outing from Alex Wilson and Anibal Sanchez.
For all the consistency issues that Norris was dealing with on Monday, he masked them long enough to get through six innings with only one run allowed. It was far from clean, though. He worked around a two-on, two-out jam in the first, and then gave up a run in the third. Only the second and fifth innings were clean, as he worked around a two-on fourth-inning issue and just escaped trouble in the sixth when he gave up a one-out ground-rule double.
The Tigers offense, though, had no issues with teeing off on Trevor Bauer, and gave Norris a five-run lead to work with. Tyler Collins, Nicholas Castellanos, and Victor Martinez had six hits and five RBI between them. But it was Collins who had the biggest night — he smacked a three-run home run into the right field seats in the second inning, walked in the first, and singled in the fourth.
But the most entertaining moment(s) of the evening belonged to Martinez. He doubled in a run in the first (yes, doubled, and easily), and then bunted for a single in the fifth. He then nearly broke for home on a double by Justin Upton but third-base coach Dave Clark held him up. He would later score on Alex Avila’s two-run single. And if that weren’t weird enough, Anibal Sanchez gave the Tigers a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Daniel Norris: His command was wonky at times but he managed to put in six innings of one-run ball. He struck out eight but those four walks were a prime example of him still having trouble consistently locating pitches.
Tyler Collins: Blasted his second homer of the season into right field, a three-run 430-footer to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead in the second. He also walked and singled.
Victor Martinez: Had a
two three-hit night with a run, and a bunt.
Anibal Sanchez: He had two clean innings — not a misprint.
Banned and locked in the cellar.
STREAKS AND INFO:
- Victor Martinez’s bunt single was the first of his career. #weirdbaseball