A three game series against the Twins was pretty likely to go like this. The Tigers played a decent game with Matt Boyd on the mound on Friday, and got a surprising offensive performance to win on Saturday. All that was left was a blowout loss. Ryan Carpenter came off a run of a couple of decent starts to take the punishment on Sunday as the Tigers were felled by the Twins 12-2.
The Twins began the assault immediately, as the first two batters of the game reached on a single and double respectively, and then Nelson Cruz pumped his third home run of the series. It’s good to know you can still count on a classic. The longest tenured Tiger-killer in the game launched a long ball in each game of the series and has now homered in four games in a row.
The Tigers made a decent attempt at matching them in the first. Niko Goodrum led off with a walk. Christin Stewart followed with a single, but Nick Castellanos did not hit a home run. Instead, he bounced into a tailor made double play, with Goodrum scoring from third. That would be about all from a Tigers’ offense who couldn’t do much against the Twins’ Jake Odorizzi.
Carpenter settled in for a couple of frames, despite quite a bit of loud contact. The contact finally got even louder in the fourth, as Miguel Sano led off with a solo shot, and the Twins dropped four more runs on Carpenter to chase him from the game. Carlos Torres, taking Josh Harrison’s place on the 25-man roster, illustrated why he no longer has a place in the majors as he allowed home runs to Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario in the sixth and seventh inning.
There wasn’t a whole lot to say at that point. Nick Castellanos made a bone-headed mistake in the sixth, running from second on a liner to right field that was easily handled by Max Kepler. Castellanos apparently thought there were two outs, or just badly misread the ball off the bat, and was easily doubled off to end the inning.
John Hicks and JacCoby Jones hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh to put the Tigers second run on the board. Daniel Stumpf and Joe Jimenez combined for a clean eighth and ninth inning as Ron Gardenhire tries to get Jimenez sorted out. And that was all she wrote as the Twins take the series two games to one, and the Tigers fall to 24-38 on the year.