Having broken their nine (possibly 10) game losing streak on Friday in New York, the Detroit Tigers celebrated by creating a new three game losing streak. The celebration was short-lived, however, as Matthew Boyd played streak-buster and the offense scored just enough to take the second game of their road series from the Baltimore Orioles, 3-0.
The Tigers got things going early against Orioles starter Dylan Bundy. Christin Stewart lined a double about a foot short of clearing the wall for a first inning double, and scored with two outs on a Miguel Cabrera RBI single. In the second inning, JaCoby Jones remained hot at the dish, ripping an RBI double to the left-center field wall to score Grayson Greiner.
Things seemed to be shaping up to lead to a high scoring game for the Tigers, but it was not to be. Instead, Bundy would pitch five more innings while allowing only three hits — though one of those was a Niko Goodrum home run in the fifth inning.
On the other side of things, the Orioles had no answer for Boyd. He baffled the Baltimore hitters all night, utilizing his changeup and slider to rack up eight strikeouts while only allowing six hits over six innings.
Things got interesting when Boyd allowed a walk and a single to the first two batters in the seventh. Manager Ron Gardenhire, perhaps seeing a sign that Boyd was tiring early, pulled his ace, and went to Buck Farmer and Daniel Stumpf to protect a three-run lead with two on. The two responded quite well, retiring the next three batters on a pair of strikeouts and a line drive out.
Things got even more dicey in the bottom of the eight when Joe Jimenez took over. He got the first batter to pop out weakly, but walked Jonathan Villar next. Jimenez then hit Trey Mancini on the wrist, but the umpires did not see it and the Orioles did not challenge. That at-bat ended in a strikeout, but the next batter was squarely hit as Jimenez continued to battle his command. He hung in there, though, and on his 22nd pitch of the inning, got Pedro Severino to strikeout swinging to end the threat.
Shane Greene fortunately provided a drama-free ninth inning. He struck out one, and got two lazy fly balls to record his 17th save of the year. The Tigers will again try for their first road series win since the first of April in Wednesday’s series finale.
Tweet/Stat of the game
#Tigers Matt Boyd tossed 6 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. He now has a 2.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 88:15 K:BB in his breakout year. Remember when he was the throw-in in the #BlueJays David Price trade? He's come a long way. #FantasyBaseball— Frank Ammirante (@FAmmiranteTFJ) May 29, 2019
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