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Diamondbacks 7, Tigers 6: Buck sucked

Tigers’ 6 run comeback not enough to withstand leaky ‘pen

Arizona Diamondbacks v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

The Detroit Tigers came into play hoping for an interleague victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That didn’t happen. The hits and runs came in bunches for both teams as the Tigers fell to the Arizona with a final score of 7-6.

Tigers starter Buck Farmer was faced with a tall task in being matched up with Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke. Unfortunately, Farmer was unable to continue his recent success. He struggled in the first inning, giving up two runs on five hits. He came back in the second to strike out the side, but couldn’t get the job done in the third. Farmer gave up four hits (three for extra bases, one of which was a home run to Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt) and four runs while recording only one out. He exited the game and was relieved by Chad Bell.

Only two Tigers reached base in the first five innings, but Greinke wavered in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers batted around in the inning -- 11 stepped to the plate and six crossed it.

Oh, and J.D. Martinez crushed a baseball:

Detroit managed to keep the game tied — despite Alex WIlson getting into a bases loaded, no outs situation — until David Peralta took Justin Wilson deep on the first pitch of the ninth inning. That was the final nail in the coffin for the Tigers as they couldn’t overcome that last run.


Chad Bell and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 4 13 scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

J.D. Martinez hit a MONSTER home run in the sixth.


Buck Farmer really didn’t have it tonight. His final line was ugly: 2 13 innings, nine hits, six runs, two home runs, no walks, and six strikeouts.

Alex Wilson and Justin Wilson gave up five hits in two innings between them, including the go-ahead run in the ninth.

Stats and stuff:

  • J.D. Martinez’s home run was the second-longest hit in MLB during the Statcast era.
  • Tonight was the second-shortest start of Buck Farmer’s major league career. His shortest start was August 23, 2014, when he went 1 13 innings in his second MLB start.
  • The Diamondbacks have won every one of Zack Greinke’s starts this season.