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Tigers 7, Reds 4: A tale of two ballgames

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There was a big lead, and then suddenly there wasn’t.

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The Detroit Tigers swept a two-game mini-series against the Cincinnati Reds with a 7-4 win, and this game had a little bit of everything.

Mike Fiers, who to the chagrin of some Tiger fans is still a member of the team on August 1, set down the Reds easily in the first. With one out in the second, though, Mason “I didn’t write ‘Classical Gas’” Williams nailed Fiers just above his left foot with a line drive; Fiers convinced the trainer he was fine, but he was clearly hobbling around. The Reds had runners on the corners with one out, but a line drive to Niko Goodrum resulted in an inning-ending double play.

In the bottom of the second, Jeimer Candelario and Jim Adduci squeaked seeing-eye singles through the infield and a Jose Iglesias double cashed them both in, putting the Tigers up 2-0.

The line drive proved to be the end of Fiers’ day, as Drew VerHagen took over to start the third. The x-rays showed no broken bones — merely a “lower shin contusion” — but you gotta know that hurt. Check it for yourself: there’s not a lot of padding on your lower shin. Ouch.

Let’s talk about VerHagen for a minute, shall we? He threw three scoreless innings today, three hits and no walks surrendered. Since the start of July — his return from the “Broken Nose Incident” — in 12 23 innings he’s given up 7 hits, 3 runs, one walk and struck out 10, and held hitters to a .418 OPS. That’s mighty fine, and it doesn’t include today’s lovely outing.

Adduci drilled a one-out solo home run to right-centre in the fourth, and in the sixth Ronny Rodriguez, pinch-hitting for Adduci, doubled home John Hicks. Rodriguez would score on a line drive off Scooter Gennett’s glove by Jose Iglesias; another run was added on a sloppy throwing error by Reds’ left fielder Phillip Ervin, who air-mailed the cutoff man and allowed Iglesias to score, making it 6-0.

Daniel Stumpf threw a clean sixth inning, but Alex Wilson’s seventh was unfortunately much more eventful: five batters faced, five hits surrendered. Louis Coleman promptly gave up a single to the next batter, making it 6-4 and putting runners at the corners, but then the ol’ 1-3-2 double play and a strikeout got him out of the jam.

Joe Jimenez came on to quiet things down in the eighth, but he issued a leadoff walk to Joey Votto. Eugenio Suarez blooped a single into centre, and JaCoby Jones smartly forced Votto out at second. A strikeout and flyout ended the inning without further incident.

The Tigers manufactured a run in the eighth to finish the scoring: Rodriguez singled to left, got pushed up by an Iglesias sacrifice bunt and a deep Victor Reyes flyout, and scored on a Jones single to right. Shane Greene closed it all out with a perfect ninth.

Notes and Things

  • Ronny Rodriguez’s double was his first major-league extra-base hit.
  • The bottom third of the order (Adduci/Rodriguez, Iglesias and Victor Reyes) went 7 for 11 with 5 runs scored.
  • Andorra, nestled in the Pyrennes mountain range between Spain and France, has two co-princes as leaders: one is the Bishop of Urguell in Spain, the other is the President of France. This means that Emmanuel Macron is, technically, the leader of two countries.

Poll

Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?

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  • 22%
    Jim Adduci, 2-2, HR, 2 R
    (81 votes)
  • 44%
    Drew VerHagen, 3.0 IP, 0 R
    (160 votes)
  • 32%
    Jose Iglesias, 2-3, 3 RBI
    (116 votes)
357 votes total Vote Now