Tiger 3, Twins 2: Mistakes cost Minnesota as Detroit settles the series


The Tigers played a clean, well-intentioned game and capitalized on some of the Twins’ major mistakes even in the series in one game Saturday night.

Things started off well for the tigers, even though the lost beast was still around. Drew Hutchison allowed one single but no more at the top of the first, and the Tigers lineup got to work.

With one in the start, Riley Green tore one song right against Dylan Bundy. Right-hander Matt Wallner missed the jump and the ball went straight through the wicket to the wall as Greene was heading toward third base. Javier Báez hit one in the middle of the field, and the Tigers were on the board. Eric Haas followed him with a line he shot at the tip of the gauntlet of third baseman Geo Orchila in left field, and the Tigers were working. Unfortunately, Harold Castro slipped to second and Spencer Turkelson was knocked out.

Hutchison had some trouble in the second round of the walk, but was able to escape unscathed. Assistant General Manager and Erie SeaWolves announcer Greg Jania was filling in for Dan Dickerson on Tiger Radio Network, and he and Jim Price spent most of the time discussing the new rules and how Jania saw them play in the minor leagues. He seemed to be expecting more stolen bases, as you’d expect, but he didn’t think it would take so long for the major leagues to adjust to next season’s pitch clock and rules out.

Brendon Davis made his league debut on the board to advance to second place and gave a briefing to his family and the public at large when he hoisted a deep fly ball into the right center field that was picked up by quarterback Marc Contreras. Welcome to Comerica. The Tigers started ordering from there, while Carlos Correa’s single was the twins’ only primary sprinter at the top of third, even though they led Hutchison’s stadium count to over 60. Hutchison finished the break freezing Jose Miranda with a really bad kick change back on the outside edge. For a stroke called three.

Baddoo was grounded to start the bottom third, while Greene tore another drive into the center field that Contreras rode 410 feet off the home plate. Baez made a pause to finish the inning.

Hutchison allowed Urshela and Jake Cave’s singles to open fourth, but Gary Sanchez was there with the double playing ball. Urshela advanced to third, but there were two naysayers. Wallner spoiled a few good pitches in a seven-pitch battle, but eventually tapped into a high speed ball to finish the frame.

Eric Haas drove the bottom of the fourth in style. He grabbed a 1-1 quick ball and burned it to the left of midfield for Homer’s thirteenth hit of the season.

Harold Castro deferred, then we got a truly classic Spencer Turkelson painting look for 2022.

Bundy mistook it with a curve for the first ball, then dropped the absolute meatball down the middle. Turkelson recognized it and cut it … destroy it. The count went to 2-2 and Bundy did it again, cutting the curveball center into the area. This was also a mistake. Finally, Bundy tried a fastball at the top of the area and Torkelson hit a drive to the right that would have hit the wall, but Wallner was there to make the catch. Frustrating. Davis hit to end the inning.

The twins got the plate in fifth when Contreras drove a solo shot into right field. He was followed by Luis Ares led by Victor Reyes on his way to the right field, where he did a great job, carrying Ares on a single. This brought in a corrective visit from Chris Fetter as Hutchison Stadium’s count approached 100. As usual, Fetter’s visit worked, as Hutch hit Carlos Correa, but Nick Gordon followed it up with a single and the twins raced first and second with one out, and that was the end of Hutch night as he took over Jose Cisnero Responsibility.

Presumably, this was Hutchison’s last appearance this season. He would finish with 4.53 ERAs and 105.1 runs eaten. Very hard work for a skilled right-handed man.

Cisnero hasn’t been too sharp since coming back from a shoulder injury and has had some issues. He hit Jose Miranda for the second time, but Gio Urciela slashed across the left side to score for Ariz and tie the match. Akil Badu unwisely attempted to kick Arraez into the house, ceding 90 feet to both Gordon and Urshela in the process. Cisnero then walked into the cave to load the bases, attracting another visit from Fetter. This conference was apparently about Urshela in second place, with Cisnero turning and shooting Harold Castro to pick the third baseman and finish the inning with the score still tied.

A disaster averted.

After two quick wins, Akil Badu beat one song to the bottom for fifth place. Baddoo made good progress from first base, pulling throws from Bundy and prompting Kirk Gibson to discuss how the young player has to overcome the fear of being picked and push his strings to the limit.

“When did you get over this fear?” asked Matt Shepherd. “Sixth grade,” Gibe replied.

Riley Greene raised a deep fly ball to the left to finish the run.

AJ Hinch needed the rounds to connect with the late inning crew, and he went with Daniel Norris in sixth. The left-winger had no problem, finishing off a sprint with a hit from Contreras.

Dylan Bundy’s day ended after day five, with RHP Ronny Henriquez taking charge at the bottom of day six. He was a bit wild early on, hitting Baez and dropping 3-0 to Eric Haas and his forearms at Popeye level. The Tiger catcher raised another deep fly ball, but this time it was in the middle of the field, and it didn’t quite live up to the mark. Báez flagged the game and took second rule in the play. Harold Castro followed with the ball to first base, but Henriquez couldn’t handle the draw from first baseman Ares and the ball flew off his glove. Bayes cruised to score, and the Tigers again advanced 3-2. Torkelson and Davis hit to end the inning.

Arraez lined up to open seventh, then Hinch pulled Norris for Alex Lange to deal with Correa. He got the twins short stopping point, then Gordon retired on another globe to finish the frame. The tigers went in order in the lower half.

In eighth place, Jose Miranda led by one song and was replaced by Billy Hamilton as the runner. Hamilton quickly finished second when Lange bounced back and Haas failed to stop him. Orcilla stopped the match, but Hamilton finished third.

With the appearance of Jake Cave, Hinch decided to make an early call with Gregory Soto to try and hold the lead. It seemed like an odd decision to bring in a wild pitcher with a quick third base player in a single-run game, but that’s okay. Options weaken with the injury of Joe Jimenez. Rocco Baldele fended off Gilberto Celestino, and Soto rushed with him. Then he walked with Gary Sanchez. Baldelli hit Ryan Jeffers’ pinch for Wallner and stopped one to Soto’s right. Soto tried to wear a glove, but instead switched it straight to Kreidler, who started a quick turn in double play to finish the inning. Whew.

The Tigers got one song from Haase down eight but no more so was Andrew Chavin’ time? Interesting use, Mr. Hinch. Let’s see how it turned out for them.

Chavin Contreras hit on three pitches, but Ariz singled out across the right-hand side, bringing in Carlos Correa. The short grenade ignited a thrust right to the end of the bat, but Victor Reyes made a great catch, putting it all in to pull it off.

The Tigers’ record moves to 64-93 with five games remaining on the calendar. The final at home for the 2022 season will begin at 12:10 p.m. EST on Sunday. LHP Joey Wentz is starting, while the twins are yet to be announced. The Tigers will then head to Seattle to finish the season against the Mariners who have just clinched their first berth after the post-season since 2001.


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