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Angels 2, Tigers 1: Detroit offense threatens, barely scores in MLB The Show simulation

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The Tigers left 10 runners on base in a frustrating loss in Anaheim.

Like many of our friends throughout the SB Nation network, we are simulating the 2020 MLB season with MLB The Show 20. While we are unable to stream the games as they would otherwise be happening, we will try to get ahead of the curve and post about the games on the same day they would have taken place. Or, you know, at least get them back on schedule. Now, onto the recap!

Seranthony Dominguez’s debut with the simulated Detroit Tigers did not go as planned. The 25-year-old righthander gave up a walk-off home run to Tommy La Stella, handing the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 victory on Thursday afternoon.

This loss was hardly Dominguez’s (or any Tigers pitcher’s) fault. The Tigers managed just one run, but left 10 runners on base in total. They put two runners on base with one out in the second, but a sharp grounder from Christin Stewart was turned into a double play, ending the threat. In the fourth, Miguel Cabrera led off the inning with a double, but was left there as the next three hitters went down in order.

The later innings brought more squandering. The Tigers put two runners on in the seventh with the top of the order coming up, but Victor Reyes popped out to end the threat. Then, in the eighth, the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs. But Stewart, who had poked a single to left in his previous at-bat, struck out to end the frame.

Scoring-wise, there wasn’t much to report. All three runs in the game were scored via the solo home run. Jason Castro continued to destroy Tigers pitching with a homer in the second, his third of the series. Clint Frazier answered with a solo shot of his own in the top of the third, and the two teams kept one another off the scoreboard until La Stella was able to send a Dominguez fastball over the center field wall to seal the win for the Angels.

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