Tigers 8, Red Sox 1: a Motown hit parade
After a night the Tigers couldn’t get started and hit a ton against Boston Baseball Club, the afternoon rubber game of the three-game midweek series in Detroit saw the Tigers take revenge, winning the series with an 8-1 Victory, scoring 13 hits in the process.
Martín Pérez took the hill for the Red Bases; Pérez is in his second year with Boston after one year in Minnesota and seven in Texas. Coming into today’s game his last few months have been a bit rough, often getting knocked out of a game early while also having a propensity to give up the old longball. (Both would come into play today.)
Tarik Skubal has had a similar problem with home runs lately; his previous two starts have each featured a dinging trio, against the Royals on July 25 and the Orioles on the 30th. He’s had that ill-fated round four times so far this year – twice in April as well – but if you’re the type. half-full like me, consider this: When he made it in April, both resulted in burst losses for Detroit. For the July events, however, the games were much closer (6-1 and 4-3 losses).
Am I reaching for a bit? Yeah, probably. But, like I said, I’m an optimistic guy.
Robbie Grossman got things going late in the first set with a starting home run.
Unlike there are two starts in Kansas City where Skubal saw the first four hitters he faced score, this time he took out three dangerous Red-Legged Fellows quite easily in the first, including a pair of strikeouts in the first. stick. He had some trouble with a pair of singles in the second, but a strikeout by Bobby Dalbec ended the period.
Victor Reyes hit a rocket against the wall in the left center for a triple to lead early in the second, and Zack Short led him with a deep sack in the center, making it 2-0 for Detroit. (Glad to see Short making more contact these days.) Willi Castro and Derek Hill kept the line moving with successive singles, Hill taking second on a pitch in third, putting two runners in goal position. with an indent. Grossman got crashed to load the bases, and that would be the end of the day for Pérez, getting knocked out after just 1 1/3 sleeves.
Phillips Valdez was called from the reliever box and Jonathan Schoop returned a dribbler to the pitcher. It was pretty clear that Valdez wasn’t going to bring Castro home, and it was even a tricky game to get Schoop early for a takedown; whichever way you slice it, it was 3-0 for Detroit at that point.
After running the goals (and obviously in pain), Grossman left the match with a “left elbow bruise” and Akil Baddoo was inserted into the match.
Skubal’s third was a bit more difficult; a single with an out and a walk, and an incorrect selection pitch in the second, placed the runners in the second and third with an out. Skubal asked JD Martinez to strike, but next was the dangerous Xander Bogaerts. He gave up a 2-2 articulation curve at deep center, but Hill crushed him and the Bay Staters stayed out of the table.
Speaking of Hill spoiling things, BSD interviewed Orsino Hill, Derek’s father. Orsino said, “We have a saying, ‘Nothing falls in the outfield except raindrops.’ ” I like this.
Early in the fifth, the Beaneaters got a starting single from Marwin Gonzalez, who rose to second on a long flyout. Skubal allowed Rafael Devers and Martinez to fly away, keeping him 3-0.
The Tiger bats turned at the end of the inning, with a single out of Schoop. Cabrera walked, then Jeimer Candelario hit a brace down the center, scoring Schoop. Reyes tripled again, this time on the other side of the plate, scoring Cabrera and Candelario, adding up the lead; it was 6-0 at the time.
Kyle Funkhouser came in in the sixth and took out the Bostons, 1-2-3.
Baddoo led the sixth with a hit to the outfield; Hunter Renfroe and Kiké Hernandez had a little face-to-face to try and figure out who would pick up the ball, and meanwhile Baddoo ran to second place.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you must love the aggressive baserunning we’ve seen from the Tigers this year. Schoop scored in the middle, leading Baddoo, pushing the score to 7-0.
Ian Krol came in for the seventh, and he gave up a no-damage single; today made six consecutive scoreless appearances for Krol, whose ERA is now 2.45. Now It is interesting. Small sample size, but still cool, you know? Also, this:
– Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) August 5, 2021
The Tigers added in the seventh: Eric Haase started with a single and took third with a single from Candelario. Reyes struck again, but not with a triple, simply a ground ball chosen by a humble fielder, to score Haase and take the lead to 8-0.
‘The Amazing Erasmo’ Ramírez allowed a run in the eighth: Franchy Cordero scored a single and eventually scored on a sacrificial volley from Alex Verdugo to spoil the shutout. He stayed to throw the ninth, giving up just one but no other damage.
It was a really satisfying series for the Tigers. Sure, The Red Socks had just been swept away by the Rays, but to win two of three against a team that is one game away from the first place in the American League East, which is averaging 4.92 points per game and has the third best OPS of the American League is fine no matter how you cut it.
In conclusion, it is silly to name teams after clothes.
Victor Reyes spent a day
If you had Dmitri Young on your bingo card as the last person in the major leagues to treble on both sides of the plate, then you really need to buy a lottery ticket today, pronto.
Notes and numbers
- Miguel Cabrera’s OPS per month: .531 (April), .548 (May), .850 (June), .753 (July), 1.083 (August, and yes, I know, those are only three games in the month which starts today).
- Some other Miggy OPS divisions: .924 in Tiger wins, .178 in losses; .746 as a first baseman, .659 as DH; .784 in night games, .569 in daytime games.
- Bobby Dalbec made an unusual move on the pitch today: he started at first base, then after the game was clearly out of reach he went shortstop. You really don’t see this often, do you?
- Craig Monroe will join Dan Dickerson on the radio show for the next road trip. Jim Price will be back when the Tigers return.
JR Richard passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Richard’s career was interrupted by a stroke at the age of 30; he went on to experience substance abuse issues, but overcame them and became a prominent member of the Houston community. Johnny Bench and Dale Murphy both named him the toughest pitcher they’ve ever faced. Dan Petry described his slider as the best he has ever seen.
- Did you see the sport climbing event at the Olympics? I’ve never done it in my life and thought it was a little silly to put it at the Games, but I watched it and it’s very, very convincing. It’s like solving geometric problems in 3D and your opponent is gravity. And, my God, the strength they need to have in their fingers is totally banana.
- On this date in 1877, Tom Thomson was born. I’m not sure how much attention the Group of Seven artists get outside of Canada, but if you like landscapes of forests, rocks and lakes, check it out. (Thomson was involved in founding the group, although he drowned in a canoe accident before it really took off.)