Spencer Turnbull had one of his best outings of the young season, and Niko Goodrum hit a two-run home run. Those two, plus a little bit of wind, helped the Detroit Tigers clinch a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak, and brought the Tigers to 3-4 on their current road trip.
The Phillies drew first blood, plating a run off Turnbull in the bottom of the first. Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a single, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Bryce Harper moved him over to third on a groundout, and then Rhys Hoskins drove in McCutchen on a two-out single. Ronny Rodriguez threw the ball into the stands on a bizarre play worth a mention, even if it had no chance of actually getting Hoskins out at first base.
After squandering a bases loaded situation in the top of the second — because these National League heathens still allow pitchers to bat for some reason — the Tigers caught a break in the third en route to their first runs of the game. Nicholas Castellanos popped a ball up to short right field with one out, but the ball dropped between a trio of discombobulated Phillies fielders. Miguel Cabrera singled home Castellanos to tie the score, and Niko Goodrum made it 3-1 with a two-run home run to right field. All of this occurred while the Fox Sports Detroit booth was Skyping with top prospect Casey Mize following his no-hitter on Monday evening.
I can’t tell you how interesting it is to listen to Jack Morris asking a 21-year-old questions via Skype— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) April 30, 2019
From there, Turnbull shut the door on the Phillies lineup. He wasn’t particularly efficient early on, throwing 73 pitches through his first four innings, and he hit a pair of batters, but still finished his outing with just one run allowed in six innings of work.
The Tigers had a couple of chances to pad their lead later on, but could not come through. They chased Phillies starter Vince Velasquez to an early exit after putting two runners on base in the fourth, but Cabrera didn’t quite get all of reliever Edubray Ramos’ slider, and flew out to deep center to end the threat. In the eighth, the Tigers put another runner in scoring position via a misplayed fly ball in right field — this one an error by Bryce Harper. However, Niko Goodrum was left stranded after three consecutive hitters couldn’t bring him in.
Luckily, the Tigers’ bullpen and infield were up to the task. Victor Alcantara and Joe Jimenez threw a pair of scoreless innings in relief with a bit of help from those behind them. Jeimer Candelario, in particular, made a pair of nice plays on sharply hit balls as part of a strong game defensively. Jimenez went through the heart of Philadelphia’s lineup, and struck out Harper and Hoskins to retire the side. Greene gave up a leadoff single to open the bottom of the ninth, but battled back to close out the win and record his 12th save of the year.
Tweet of the game
Jack Morris does not understand why the Phillie Phanatic is green, in case you are wondering how this game is going— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) May 1, 2019
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