But after Monday night's game against the Angels, in the midst of a live media broadcast on YouTube, Gardershill had to stop and give credit.
"Reinforcement," he said. "That's a great word."
In fact, that was the best word of the moment: From Miguel Cabrera's catchy trash during his long-awaited final trip to the bases, for runs and hits and clear play, and Jordan Zimmerman congratulated his teammates on The Detroit Tigers with a big smile then, the winner again, the Tigers had to feel it.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman throws a pitch Angelis Angels at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, July 29, 2019 (Photo: Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sport)
“We needed a victory, no matter how you look at it, no matter how we did it, just we needed a win, ”Gardershill says.  They received it by returning to their longtime horror house at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim and defeating the Angels 7-2 in the opening series.
"We really struggled, we know that," said Garden. "But we went out and played a really good ball."
Cabrera finally took shelter again – his first since July 4 – and Zimmermann finally won again – his first of the season – breaking the 17-start hassle-free series. which was tied to the longest in franchising history.
The Tigers' offense, prone to disappear at any given moment, strikes power and strings together and continues to add, providing more than enough padding for a strong take-off for staff.  "As I kept saying," Zimmerman said, "I was just going to keep grinding until something good happened. Tonight was a good night. "
With his slider back in tow, continuing to acclimate to his third start with a sink, Zimmermann looked more like himself than he had throughout the month. He attacks the attackers and scores early, allowing two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Perhaps most notable: Zimmerman did not go without folders.
"I threw punches," he said. "The location was the biggest. I made a lot of mistakes in the last 10 starts or so by getting up (forward) and then throwing something right in the middle and getting injured. I was able to throw punches and then expand from the plate when I needed to. "
But the biggest blows came from lefty Blaine Hardy, who inherited Jim Zimmermann, one of the congestion in the bottom of the sixth inning, after Hardy walked the superstar of Anaheim Shohei Otani to load the bases, Zimmerman's victory – it was pulled on 61 grounds – it was hung with thread.
"This is probably the most adrenaline I've felt in a while," Hardy said. "I'm not going to say we fought for (Zimmerman) for his first win of the season, but I will say that coming into this game, I felt more pressure than if it was just another one-off game.
"The issue was to keep his chance to win this victory, and I was really happy to finish it."
Hardy did the deed by hitting former tiger Justin Upton and then Cole Calhoun to end the inning.
With a one-time lead, the Tigers then scored three in the early eighth – two on a hard-hitting single by Cabrera through the Angels field – to start the game.
Cabrera Book Ends Outrageous Result: He settled in a dead center outside Los Angeles with Jaime Barry right in the first inning of his seventh year, letting friend Albert Puyols know about it, and then tried to persuaded pinscher Gordon Beckham to return to the dugout after his double single in the eighth.
"Miguel hit a big home run for us and those are the things that need to happen a lot more," said Garden. "He encourages our team and our hurt when he does something like that and it was really cool. To see him do this, he smiled and everything, he kicked him away.
"These are good things for us, this is good for our baseball team, good for him and as I said, today we had a good ball to play, we played clean. "
However, the Tigers did not escape unharmed: Christine Stewart, who hit an RBI double in the third, left with a concussion and will be placed on the 7-day injured list on Tuesday, Gardener said.
But the scourge – starting with Hardy's two biggest outs of the game, including innumerable outbursts by Buck Farmer, Joe Jimenez and Shane Green in a no-holds-barred situation.
And they helped win Zimmermann, whose recent struggles had long since become a sore spot for teammates who badly wanted to see him break through.
"It's never a good feeling or a good look," Zimmerman says, about staying up for so long. "For a long time. I was happy to go out there and keep the game close and give these guys a chance to win and we scored a bunch of tracks and that's all that matters that we won."