If you came here looking for great news about an end to the Tigers’ losing streak, I’m afraid I do not have what you want.
If, however, you decided not to watch the day game today and instead enjoyed your lunch like a sensible person, well, here’s your game recap. Just know that at one point the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast booth suggested Jack Morris might need to pitch on Saturday’s game, and it was not the dumbest idea I’ve heard this year.
First, the bad news; Spencer Turnbull exited the game after the second inning. He threw only 45 pitches in the game and gave up a Joey Gallo home run, but did manage to collect three strikeouts in his two innings of work. As of the end of the game, the Tigers had no announced news of his injury, which doesn’t bode well.
The game turned into a bullpen show for the Tigers, with Nick Ramirez coming on for three innings of work. He gave up another solo shot to Gallo, but collected four strikeouts of his own. Not too shabby. Buck Farmer and Blaine Hardy did an inning of work apiece and Hardy gave up a hit to Odor that, let’s be honest, should have been a home run as it bounced behind the yellow padding. A Rangers review call went the Tigers’ way, however, and it was kept a double. It didn’t matter, since Shin-Soo Choo came on and got an RBI to score Odor. Joe Jimenez pitched a clean eighth inning, striking out three.
The Tigers bats weren’t completely silent, with Harold Castro getting two hits and Nicholas Castellanos, Christin Stewart, Jeimer Candelario, and Gordon Beckham all collecting hits (Beckham’s a very nice ground rule double that bounced into the bullpen). Unfortunately none of these hits were converted into runs.
That is... until the eighth.
First there was a nice JaCoby Jones double that looked very much like it was going to be a home run. Then a sac fly from Castellanos advanced Jones to third, and a Miguel Cabrera sac fly to Gallo was enough to get Jones across home plate. It was a nice series of knocks from the heart of the order.
In the ninth with a two-run deficit, the Tigers brought on Jose Cisnero and he did an incredible job with a clean 1-2-3 in