After losing a Thursday afternoon game 13-0, the Detroit Tigers regathered themselves and headed to Minnesota to take on a red-hot, MLB-leading Twins team. To put it as bluntly as possible, it did not go well. Tyson Ross threw two scoreless innings before the wheels came off, and the Tigers offense was a no-show again in a 6-0 loss.
I’m going to be honest here; I didn’t watch after the third inning. Once the Rockets vs. Warriors game started, the channel changed for good. [Ed.: Same.] Should the Tigers game have gotten interesting, I would have considered flipping back at halftime, but I’d rather listen to Pistons legend Chauncey Billups talk at half than hear Tigers legend Jack Morris comment on another blowout loss. Sadly, the Tigers didn’t make me think twice about that decision.
Anyway, back to the game I’m writing about...
Ross got through two innings unscathed, but walked two batters in the third before giving up a double to Jorge Polanco to put Minnesota up 2-0. In the fourth inning, Ross walked another before giving up an absolute tank to a gentleman named Mitch Garver who now plays catcher for the Twins. It really, truly was a majestic moonshot.
Down 4-0, Ross came out for the fifth because the Tigers have a doubleheader on Saturday and needed innings. While he didn’t walk anyone in this inning, he did give up a laser-shot to Max Kepler that just cleared the tall right field fence to put the Tigers down 5-0. Again, Ross came out for the sixth, and again, he allowed a walk that eventually came around to score, this time on a bases loaded walk by Victor Alcantara. Ross allowed six runs over five-plus innings on six hits, four walks, and only two strikeouts. His ERA now sits at a lofty 6.11. The Tigers’ bullpen didn’t allow any runs, but it was already too late by the time they entered the game.
For as bad as Ross was, Twins starter Jake Odorizzi was the antithesis of his performance. Odorizzi dominated the Tigers over seven innings of one-hit ball and five strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.32 on the season. In Christin Stewart’s return to the lineup, he smoked a double off the top of the right field wall in the first inning, but that was all the damage the Tigers could do against Odorizzi.
The Tigers will look to rebound against the Twins on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. ET. Also, happy birthday, JaCoby Jones.
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