My Detroit Sports: My Tigers Weekly #6

In the 6th edition of My Tigers Weekly takes us all the way to Memorial Day weekend. The Tigers have more than surpassed expectations, despite Miguel Cabrera’s stint on the disabled list, as they find themselves a mere 3.5 games back of the Indians. Road woes continued in an up and down week in Tigers baseball.

The schedule makers didn’t wait long to give the Tigers and Mariners a chance at a rematch. The Tigers went to Seattle for a 4 game series. Things started out well, as Matthew Boyd struck out 9 in 6 innings. Despite giving up just 2 runs, he left the game behind 2-1. The Tigers were able to rally against the Mariners bullpen in the 8th inning. A 2 out, 2 run RBI single from Jose Iglesias put the Tigers ahead 3-2. Shane Greene picked up his 10th save of the season to close out the victory. Warwick Saupold got the win as 5 relievers combined for 3 innings of 1 hit ball.

In the second game, the Tigers got to Felix Hernandez with 3 runs in the 1st inning. It all came apart in the 7th inning when Michael Fullmer left the game after giving up 2 walks an RBI single surrounded by a groundout. Buck Farmer loaded the bases with 2 walks without recording an out. Daniel Stumpf was brought in for matchup purposes and gave up a sacrifice fly and was replaced by Warwick Saupold, who gave up a RBI single to tie it and a RBI double to give the Mariners a 5-4 lead. The 5 run 7th doomed the Tigers as they fell 5-4. In the third game, Mike Fiers was outdueled by James Paxton. Fiers gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. He was charged with the 4th run as he was unable to get an out in the 6th inning. The Mariners put up 4 runs in the 6th to turn a 3-2 game into a 7-2 final score. The Tigers put themselves in a good position to tie the series after John Hicks started the 4th game with a 2 run home run in the 1st inning. Francisco Liriano had a no-hitter going until 1 out in the 7th inning. He finished with just 1 hit, 3 walks, and no runs in 8 innings of work. A 2 run home run by Mitch Haniger off Shane Greene sent the game to extra innings. The Mariners struck quickly the bottom of the 11th off of Buck Farmer with a single and steal by Gordon followed by a walkoff single by Segura. The Tigers lost 3-2 and the final 3 games of the series.

Game 44: Recap

Game 45: Recap

Game 46: Recap

The Tigers then went to Minnesota to play a 3 game series against their division rival foe. In the first game, Nick Castellanos put the Tigers up early with a home run and RBI single. The Twins battled back to chase Blaine Hardy out of the game with a 2 RBI double by Max Kepler that tied the game at 2. While the Tigers went to the bullpen, the Twins stayed with Jose Berrios. Berrios finished with 8 innings of 2 run ball. After multiple appearances and an extra inning game in Seattle, it’s easy to understand why Daniel Stumpf was tired. His command was not there as 3 walks, including a RBI walk, and a sacrifice fly allowed the Twins to score 2 runs on 1 hit as the Twins won 4-2. Former Tiger Fernando Rodney picked up his 10th save of the season. The second game did not go much better. Starting Matthew Boyd was only able to go 4 innings as he was chased in the 5th without recording an out. He was charged with 2 of the 3 runs the Twins scored, and another 3 run inning in the 7th put the Twins ahead by the 6-0 final score.

Game 47: Recap

Game 48: Recap

In the final game of the road trip, the Tigers bats woke up as they scored 4 runs on 10 hits. Niko Goodrum’s 2 run home run in the 4th inning was enough as Michael Fullmer gave up only 1 run in 5 1/3 innings. The Tigers won 4-1 to end their 5 game losing streak and bookend the road trip with wins.

The Tigers then came home for a holiday weekend matchup against the Chicago White Sox. Mike Fiers was outdueled by White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez, giving up 4 runs in 5 2/3’s innings. But the Tigers rallied in the 8th inning off former Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon. Nick Castellanos’ second hit of the night, and second double, tied the game at 4. He took third and was driven home by Jeimer Candelario, whose bloop single was the difference in his first game back from the disabled list. Shane Greene closed out the 5-4 victory for his 12th save of the year. Buck Farmer picked up his first win of the year as the pitcher of record in the 8th.

The White Sox would strike back on Saturday. Jeimer Candelario hit 2 home runs early to put the Tigers up 3-1, but Tim Anderson hit 2 of his own as part of a 4 home run assault by Chicago. They would hold on to win 8-4.

Game 51: Recap

The Tigers would continue their streak of home series wins Sunday in the rubber match. Blaine Hardy outdueled veteran James Shields, giving up only 1 run while striking out 6 in 7 innings. RBI singles by Dixon Machado and Nick Castellanos in the 5th put the Tigers up 3-1. A solo home run in the 9th off Shane Greene didn’t stop him from picking up his 13th save of the year as the Tigers won 3-2.

 

Now the Tigers continue their homestand. They have another 9 games at home, with 4 against the Angels, a 3 game series against the Blue Jays, and a day of make up games with a double header against the Yankees. At 14-11 home versus 9-18 on the road, these are games that must be won if the Tigers are to continue to stay in the race in a weakened AL Central division. If the Indians remain near .500 and Nick Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario keep raking, anything is possible.