My Detroit Sports: My Tigers Weekly #12

As we enter August, we have approximately a third of the season left to go. A few new Tigers caps are on plaques in Cooperstown. The non-waiver deadline has passed and most of the Tigers veterans are still on the roster. Leonys Martin was traded to the division leading Indians, but a number of upcoming free agents will continue to ply their trade in Detroit. That’s not to say that there won’t be more moves made ahead of the waiver deadline. It’s unclear who, if any, of the eligible trade pieces will be placed on the waiver wires and/or traded. In the meantime there’s still 53 games left in the season. The Tigers started off in Kansas City for a 3 game series against the Royals. So far this season the Royals have fared well against the Tigers, winning 6 of 10 games, despite residing in the AL Central basement. At first, it looked like that trend would continue when Francisco Liriano was chased with 2 outs in the 5th inning trailing 3-0. Down to their last 3 outs, the Tigers managed 3 consecutive hits off of reliever Brandon Maurer to tie the game at 4. Jim Adduci’s 2 RBI double tied the game, and Brian McCann’s RBI double off of Jason Hammel put the Tigers ahead 5-4. Shane Greene held the lead in the bottom of the frame picked up his 20th save of the season.

There was no such magic on Tuesday night. Jordan Zimmerman gave up home runs to Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez as the Royals stormed ahead 5-0 after 6. Victor Martinez answered with a 3 run home run in the 7th, and the Tigers managed a run in the 9th, but couldn’t complete the comeback off Wily Peralta and fell 5-4.

Game 100: Recap

That left Matthew Boyd facing off against Danny Duffy in the rubber match. Despite giving up 7 hits, Boyd struck out 7 with no walks in 6 innings to give the Tigers a quality start. Jose Iglesias’ 3 run home run provided the offensive boost as the Tigers tagged Duffy for 7 runs on their way to an 8-4 victory.

The Tigers then came home for a weekend series against the Indians. Back to back doubles by Nick Castellanos and Niko Goodrum put the Tigers up 2-0 in the 3rd, but Cleveland answered back with 2 run home run by Francisco Lindor and a solo shot Yonder Alonso. Mike Fiers and Carlos Carrasco each provided their teams with quality starts without factoring into the decision. Unfortunately, All-star Joe Jimenez was chased in the 8th inning after an RBI single to Alonso. With 2 left on and only one out, Daniel Stumpf gave up a 3 run home run to pinch hitter Brandon Guyer. Jimenez was responsible for both runners and took the loss as the Tigers fell 8-3 in the opener.

Game 102: Recap

On Saturday fans were treated to a much better pitching performance. Blaine Hardy outdueled Mike Clevinger, with both pitchers putting in 5 innings of work. JaCoby Jones’ 3rd inning 2 run home run was all the offense the Tigers needed, as Drew VerHagen, Joe Jimenez, and Shane Greene combined for 4 innings of no runs, 1 hit, 1 walk relief to secure the 2-1 victory.

The rubber match was far less tense and exciting. Jordan Zimmerman was tagged with 5 runs in 3 innings while Corey Kluber kept the Tigers off the board to the tune of 1 run in 7 1/3 innings. The Tigers managed 5 hits on the afternoon and fell 8-1 in the game and 12-4 on the season to the Indians. The Tigers also fell to .500 at home, 27-27.

Game 104: Recap

Long overdue. Sunday, 1984 World Champions’ Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

 

Monday, Miguel Cabrera hosted his annual “Keeping Kids in the Game” event.

After a day off, play resumed against the Cincinnati Reds. The Tigers managed only 3 hits off of Reds starter Homer Bailey, but they made them count. Niko Goodrum hit his 10th home run of the year and Mike Gerber, taking Leonys Martin’s place in center field, hit his first career double and RBI. Matthew Boyd pitched 8 scoreless innings and Shane Greene worked around a triple as the Tigers won 2-1 on a soggy night at Comerica Park.

On Wednesday, the bats came alive. Jose Iglesias’ 2 run double got things started and Jim Adduci hit his 2nd home run as the Tigers put up 7 runs on 14 hits. It wasn’t all good news though. Mike Fiers was hit in the shin in the 2nd inning and couldn’t continue pitching. Drew VerHagen came in and pitched 3 innings to pick up the win. Except for Alex Wilson’s 4 earned runs, without recording an out, in the 7th inning, Tigers relievers picked up Fiers as the Tigers won the game 7-4. After being swept in Cincinnati, it was nice to return the favor and split the season series.

Now the Tigers head West for 6 games in Oakland and Los Angeles. That’s followed by 6 games against the Twins and White Sox at Comerica Park. With the Twins selling off their veterans and the Indians holding a double digit lead in the standings, the Tigers must find joy in triumphs from the past and promises of future accolades. Jack Morris’ number retirement ceremony is scheduled for the Sunday August 12th Tigers-Twins game. Is the next Tigers star on the roster or in the farm system now?

Be sure to check out My Detroit Sports ‘Fans of the Week’! These fans represented their Detroit pride at Comerica Park this week. All fans chosen will be entered to win an autographed photo from 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Morris!

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