Detroit Tigers manager AJ Hinch spoke on Thursday, June 1
Detroit Free Press
The Detroit The Tigers needed a starting pitcher, but they didn’t have the means.
So they implemented a bull-only boarding plan.
Due to Spencer Turnbull’s injury, manager AJ Hinch relied on his relievers from start to finish in the series’ final on Thursday. And the bride helped the Tigers convince the Seattle Mariners to win 8-3 at Comerica Park.
The Tigers (26-36) took two of three games from the Sailors.
“You need a lot of guys to have a good day outside the pen and throw the ball well,” said Tiger manager AJ Hinch. “We kept working on a few tracks, which created little room for breathing. Lots of hands on the bull’s day, but the boys stepped up to do well.”
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The Tigers used six relievers, starting with 2⅔ passes from Tyler Alexander with a single ball. Hinch then received a 1-inning from Brian Garcia, two innings from Jason Foley, one inning from Joe Jimenez, one inning from Alex Lange and a perfect ninth inning from Gregory Soto.
After Alexander left, Garcia and Foley allowed runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Mitch Haniger broke his second host in the game – and 16th this season – on the left field in the fifth.
But Robbie Grossman lined up the lead in the sixth inning. Faced with Mariners facilitator Anthony Misiewicz, who attends Anchor Bay High School, Grossman attacked a two-sided meander and pulled a double homer to the left for 7-3.
Hunter Jake Rodgers tripled to the center to mark Daz Cameron for an 8-3 lead in the seventh. Rodgers finished 2-for-4 with one home and two RBIs.
“He plays with confidence,” Hinch said. “He is very comfortable in his own skin and you can see that his heart rate is slow. He provides a lot of stability for us when he contributes on both sides of the ball. I am very happy with him. … He has been very productive and much of why we’ve stabilized things behind the plate. “
Called by Triple-A Toledo to replace the injured Derek Hill, Cameron made his season debut and finished 0 to 3 with one walk.
Jimenez, Lange and Soto did not allow the sailors to score.
Another Rodgers HR
The sailors struck first on the seventh ground, which Alexander threw, a knife of 90 miles per hour for Haniger. He drove his first of the two hosts to the left field. And on the ninth pitch, thrown by Mariners starter Justus Sheffield, Jonathan Shaw tied the score with his tenth home.
Miguel Cabrera doubled – his 2900th career hit – and Isaac Paredes, robbed by Homer in Wednesday’s extra inning loss, pushed the Tigers’ lead to 2-1 with a single left field.
In the second inning, Rodgers started his second home run in so many days at full number. Sheffield threw him four sewing fast balls, two sinkers, two shifts and two sliders. He landed on a blast slider of 413 feet in the left field.
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The Tigers took advantage of the sailors’ mistakes in the fourth inning. The mistakes of the third basel Kyle Seeger and the second baseman Donovan Walton put the runners in third and first place.
Willie Castro flies to the center to continue with two games. Grossman broke once in the middle to score Rodgers 5-2. Sheffield’s pitch was 87 after the fourth and he did not return.
Alexander faced his biggest test in the second inning.
Alexander allowed four walks and a single with one to put runners in the corners. The cunning left-hander filled the strike area and fought deep in the bats with Taylor Trammel and Donovan Walton.
Both players struck.
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Trammell swung and missed Alexander’s fastball, the ninth and final pitch in their battle. Walton was called to strike as he watched Alexander’s knife, the seventh step he saw, hold the runners.
Alexander recorded the first two outs in the third inning. He was removed after a single by Seager. Garcia finished the inning in one pitch. Alexander, starting his second place for a bull-only match this month, allowed one run with three hits and one walk with two strokes.
He threw 35 of the 56 pitches.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more about the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.