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Twins 5, Tigers 4: The third time is *not* the charm

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Matthew Boyd was left in a little too long, and as a result, the Tigers lost a one-run game.

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After a troublesome night for the bullpen last night, the Detroit Tigers tried to conserve their bullpen and get every out they could out of Matthew Boyd. The plan backfired, as the Twins scored four runs in the seventh inning. The Tigers fall to the Twins, 5-3.

Before we dive into how this one unraveled, I must note that the Tigers gave Matt Magill and the Twins a run for their money in the ninth. Victor Martinez—who very possibly played his best game of the year, as he went 3-3 with an RBI and an intentional walk—led the inning off with a double and left the game as Jose Iglesias entered as a pinch-runner. The rally was in jeopardy after a Mikie Mahtook strikeout and a James McCann fly-out (which at least moved Iglesias to third), but then Ronny Rodriguez hit a single to knock in Iglesias. With a 5-4 score and a runner on first, Victor Reyes drew a full count, fouled away eight straight pitches, then ended the thirteen-pitch duel with a walk. Wow. Tommy Hunter then entered the game and Jeimer Candelario grounded out to the end game, but hey, at least Victor Reyes walked for the fourth time this season in dramatic fashion.

Tonight’s game got off to a quiet start. Matthew Boyd retired the first twelve batters he faced, while the Tigers only managed two hits in the first three innings (both immediately followed by double plays). In the fourth inning, though, Detroit pounced on Twins starter Kyle Gibson in a two-run two-out rally. The rally started with a five-pitch walk to Nicholas Castellanos, who made it over to third base on Niko Goodrum’s 26th double of the year. Then, with Victor Martinez up to the plate, a wild pitch scored Castellanos and advanced Goodrum. From there, Victor Martinez singled in Goodrum. Boyd’s first hit allowed of the game went to Tyler Austin in the bottom of the fifth, but the Twins couldn’t muster a run. In the top frame of the sixth, a Jeimer Candelario ground-rule double and Nicholas Castellanos single gave the team a 3-0 lead.

Alas, the lead did not last, as the Twins found the home run ball later in the game. Matthew Boyd looked like he was easily going to finish off a quiet quality start, as he led Bobby Wilson and Logan Forsythe to both ground out on back-to-back four-pitch at-bats. But then, Eddie Rosario launched his 21st home run of the season to cut the lead to 3-1. No big deal, as Jorge Polanco was retired for the third out. Unfortunately, Ron Gardenhire brought him out again in the seventh inning hoping to spare the bullpen, and the heart of the Twins lineup was ready for Boyd’s third time through the order.

Miguel Sano struck out to start the inning (Boyd’s seventh and final strikeout of the game), but Tyler Austin hit his tenth home run of the year to cut the lead to 3-2. A short mound visit later, Jake Cave singled and Boyd hit Johnny Field in the foot on the first pitch of Field’s at-bat. Gardenhire removed Boyd for Louis Coleman, who promptly allowed a three-run home run to Joe Mauer. The home run was Mauer’s fourth of the year and prompted Mauer to give the Minnesota fans a curtain call. Ouch. Boyd finished the night going 6 13 innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits while punching out seven. Had he only gone through the lineup twice, he would have allowed zero runs over a strong six-inning outing, but alas.

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Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?

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  • 77%
    Victor Martinez (3-3, 1 RBI, 1 IBB)
    (108 votes)
  • 1%
    Nicholas Castellanos (1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 R)
    (2 votes)
  • 21%
    Victor Reyes (13-pitch walk)
    (30 votes)
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