Edwin Jackson made his 311th major league start in throwback fashion, and the Tigers’ offense powered them to a 5-1 victory on Friday night. The Tigers have won three of their last four games, and at home no less, for the first time in long enough that I won’t bother looking it up.
Things didn’t begin too auspiciously for the home team. With Edwin Jackson making his first start in a Detroit Tigers’ uniform since 2009, Royals leadoff man Whit Merrifield smoked a ball over Victor Reyes’ head off the center field wall. Reyes was caught in between and the ball got away from him, allowing Merrifield to race 360 feet for an inside-the-parker.
However the Tigers came right back with two runs in the bottom of the first.
Niko Goodrum and Miguel Cabrera each drew walks, advanced a base on a wild pitch, and scored on a Dawel Lugo single. Cabrera surprised with a nice turn around third base and a slide that just beat the throw home.
Another surprise was Mr. Jackson himself. Jackson touched 97 mph on the radar gun and was effective for 6 1⁄3 innings. Jackson allowed just four hits and two walks while punching out four. Where did that come from?
The duo of Goodrum and Cabrera got Jackson a little more insurance in the fifth. Goodrum smoked a triple to lead off the inning and scored on a solid single from the big fella.
Jake Rogers turned on a 1-2 breaking ball and cracked his third home run of the season with two outs in the sixth. Singles from Jordy Mercer and Victor Reyes followed, and Reyes eventually scored the Tigers’ final run on a wild pitch.
Nick Ramirez carried the Tigers through the eighth with no issues.
That brought us to the ninth inning and the debut of reliever John Schreiber. The Wyandotte, Michigan native had a rocky introduction to the majors. Holding a 5-1 lead, Schreiber left a fastball up on the inner half of the plate to the first hitter he faced and Jorge Soler drilled it into the left field seats. Schreiber got a weak bliner to second base, but then gave up a pair of rockets. One was run down by Victor Reyes in left field, while the other dropped for a single. Another soft single made the situation rather dire, and manager Ron Gardenhire was forced to turn to closer Joe Jimenez to finish things out.
Fortunately, Jimenez got a routine fly out to left field to wrap things up.
Jake Rogers is making his mark
It’s been rough in Comerica Park
Tigers have won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of May, and back-to-back at home for the first time since April 6-7.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 10, 2019
Edwin Jackson has won in a Tigers uniform for first time since Sept. 22, 2009.