The sun was out for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday as they organization officially retired the number 47 of Jack Morris. A ceremony was held, speeches were given, and memories remembered as the modern Tigers looked to take on Jack’s “other club” the Minnesota Twins in the rubber match of the three-game series. A truly special day for the fans of Jack Morris and the Detroit Tigers. On the day a career came full circle, another began, as the Tigers faced Kohl Stewart, making his Major League debut.
Stewart hurled 4 scoreless innings in his Major League debut, ultimately allowing allowing two runs, on eight hits, in 4.1 innings pitched. The Twins defense did their part as well, turning two double plays behind the rookie.
Matthew Boyd was on the hill for the Tigers, trying to rebound from a start when he was knocked around for four runs in 5.1 innings in Anaheim last week. The Twins got on the board first in the top of the second inning, on a combination of a triple by Mitch Garver and sacrifice fly Johnny Field. Boyd retired 13 straight after Garver’s triple, doing his best to keep the offense within striking distance.
The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the third with a two out single by Jeimer Candelario, a hit-by-pitch, and a wild pitch, putting runners at second and third; the first pressure Stewart faced all day. He responded by getting Niko Goodrum to ground out 6-3 to end the threat.
Two innings later the Tigers broke out. After back-to-back singles by Grayson Greiner and Victor Reyes, Candelario took the goose-egg off the board for the Tigers with his second hit of the day, driving in Greiner, and knotting the score at one apiece. Jose Iglesias loaded the bases with the Tigers fourth straight single of the inning and Goodrum followed by working a five-pitch walk to break the tie. This ended Stewart’s debut.
Taylor Rogers followed Stewart and immediately gave up a sacrifice fly to Victor Martinez, plating Jeimer Candelario and pushing the score to 3-1.
Matthew Boyd was good today. After the triple and sac fly combination he did not allowed another base runner until the sixth inning, effectively mixing off-speed an fastballs to keep Twins’ hitters off-balance. He wiggled out of a mini-jam in the sixth inning, with a runner on third base and two outs. Boyd ended his day at six innings pitched, one run surrendered, and only two hits given up. He was replaced by Alex Wilson.
Max Kepler brought the Twins within one run on the first pitch he saw from Joe Jimenez, homering into the right-field seats. Jimenez bounced back getting the next two outs quickly, then surrendered a single to the Twins second baseman, Logan Forsythe. He ended the inning after a ten-pitch battle with Jorge Polanco, striking him out on a dirty change up.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers pushed across another run as Ronny Rodriguez doubled home Goodrum, to extend the lead to 4-2. Shane Greene came in and quickly shut the door, needing only 12 pitches to collect his 25th save of the season.
Player of the Game vs. Twins
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Jeimer Candelario (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI)
Matthew Boyd (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks)
Jack Morris (number retired)
Niko Goodrum (1-2, 1 RBI, 1 R, 2 BB)