Bullpen? What bullpen? Thanks to an impatient and impotent offense, the Detroit Tigers saw just 108 pitches from Texas Rangers starter Mike Minor, who threw his second complete game of the season in a 4-1 Texas win on Wednesday at Comerica Park.
Matthew Boyd was in control early against the Rangers, allowing just one run through his first four frames. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead when Willie Calhoun scored on a sacrifice fly... from second base.
Brandon Dixon hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game for the Tigers, but that 1-1 score line would be short-lived. Boyd gave up three solo home runs in the top of the fifth, including a tape measure shot to left-center.
That would be all the offense Minor and the Rangers would need. The Tigers managed just five hits on the game, and just three baserunners after they stranded a pair of runners in the fifth. They put two on with zero outs in the ninth, but Dixon struck out and Niko Goodrum grounded into a double play to end the game.
About the sacrifice fly...
While allowing a runner to score from second on a sacrifice fly sounds embarrassing, the play itself was just unlucky. JaCoby Jones made a nice running catch in deep center field, and ran into the outfield wall in the process. By the time Jones regained his footing, Calhoun was well on his way to third base, and able to beat an errant throw from the cutoff man.
♂️— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) June 26, 2019
Ronald Guzman sent the ball to the wall, and that was all that @11WillieCalhoun needed to see before turning on the jets! The @Rangers take an early 1-0 lead!#TogetherWe pic.twitter.com/VXLqXF4RE0
Other than an iffy relay, I’m not upset about that.
Matthew Boyd was hit around a bit in the fifth, but struck out 11 and generally looked better than he has in recent outings.
Jeimer Candelario also managed a couple hits in his return from Triple-A Toledo, including the Tigers’ first hit, a double in the second. He was stranded, naturally.
The rest of the Tigers offense.
The Tigers are 11-26 at Comerica Park this season.