For his part, Jordan Zimmermann has been unable to capture his first half magic. Zimm struck out just one on the night, and there was quite a bit of loud contact off Twins bats. However, he benefited from some strong defense at times, though they paid him back with a few botched plays that led to the two unearned runs he allowed over 6 1⁄3 innings of work. Still, Zimmermann allowed eight hits, though he didn’t walk a batter, and will have to keep searching for the feel on his breaking pitches.
The Tigers got on the board in the third inning when JaCoby Jones tripled and scored on a Mike Gerber sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Niko Goodrum flashed some of the power this offense so sorely lacks, cracking a two-run shot over the right field fence for his 11th longball of the season. In the fifth, it was Jose Iglesias providing the punch. After Gerber walked, Iglesias smoked an Ervin Santana offering down the line and out for a two-run blast that made it 5-1.
A dropped ball and wild throw on a grounder to Jeimer Candelario allowed Logan Forsythe to take second base to lead off the sixth inning. He advanced and scored on a sacrifice fly from Mitch Garver, tightening things a bit at 5-2.
Zimmermann left the game at 96 pitches with one out recorded in the seventh. Alex Wilson polished off the inning with no issues. Joe Jimenez featured his changeup quite a bit and made quick work of the Twins despite a two-out scare when Max Kepler launched a fly ball into the right field corner that Nick Castellanos had to peel high off the wall to record the out.
Shane Greene allowed a broken bat single with two outs in the ninth, and then Ehire Adrianza put together a superb nine-pitch appearance, fighting off several tough two-strike pitches and eventually smoked a double off the out-of-town scoreboard in the right-centerfield to make it 5-3. Greene rebounded to get Joe Mauer to wrap up his 24th save of the season.
Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?
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Niko Goodrum: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR
Jose Iglesias: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR