The Tigers squandered plenty of chances at the opportunity, but another solid performance by rookie Alex Faido saw them sweep the Pirates out in Pittsburgh in two games Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers swung the bats pretty well early on in this, but they didn’t come up with much. After Harold Castro starts the game with a fly off, he singles out Jonathan Scoop. Miguel Cabrera hit unfortunately, but Austin Meadows drilled one to the right and the Tigers had two of two. So of course write off Javier Baez.
A similar scenario began to unfold at the top of the second as Spencer Turkelson walked to start the frame, but watched Cody Clemens and Eric Haas quickly advance. But this time, Dazz Cameron delivered a blow that hit the top of the wall and slashed away from Brian Reynolds in midfield. Turkelson scored as Cameron climbed to third with the RBI triple. Harold Castro stopped to finish the run, but the Tigers were on the board first.
Another chance passed at the top of the third, as Austin Meadows grabbed a double from Mitch Keeler. However, once again, Bayes began to sway.
Up to this point, Alex Faido has not had any problems with hackers. At the bottom of third, Yu Chang and Michael Perez grabbed one for the first threat he had to deal with, but the rookie right-hander easily rose to the challenge, pulling in Ke’Bryan Hayes and Brian Reynolds to turn the Buccaneers away. Faedo had seven hits over three rounds, and while the slider was steep, Fastball and the change worked in his favour, too.
The Buccaneers finally made it to the board at the bottom of fourth place when Jack Sukowinski made it into the right field to lead the frame. With the game now tied, Faedo had three quick runs to finish the fourth inning, then tackled the fifth without much trouble, issuing a walk to Chang, but was wiped out by Haase and Báez in an attempt to steal second place to finish the inning.
Fido’s day ended with another strong final streak. 5.0 IP, ER, 3H, BB, 7 SO. He threw 54 of his 82 strike throws, and got a whopping 17 whiffs on the outing.
Alex Faido of AJ Hinch shakes hands after 5 innings for a one-run and 7K ball. He is the sixth bowler since 1893 to throw more than 5 innings with 2 or fewer innings in each of his first seven starts in MLB. Jered Weaver was the last in 2006.
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By this point, Keeler was off the hook and settled, and the Tigers retired with relative ease in the fifth and sixth rounds. Andrew Chavin issued a rally down the sixth place when he took charge, but was able to retire the next three hitters in order.
Will Crowe took charge in seventh and hit the side, Clemens, Hussey and Cameron with ease. Will Vest tackled the bottom half of the inning for Detroit and had a pair of quick sprints before hitting Tucupita Marcano to finish the inning.
Crowe returned to finish eighth, and was greeted by Harold Castro with an opposite single. Scoop wrestled through an eight AB floor and headed into the middle, although it took a challenge to get the score right as Reynolds was initially judged to win. It triggered the “heart” of the system with no loopholes and two. They had the right man for the job, as Miguel Cabrera lined up one player in the center, and Castro scored. 1-2 tigers.
Willie Castro got into a race with Cabrera, while Austin Meadows lined up for second base for the first time of the inning. Manager Derek Shelton pulled Crowe at that point, turning to Chris Stratton instead to deal with Baez. He dealt with him, and he brought the short player back to start the 1-4-3 double. It’s a good idea to break the monotony of hitting three times with the runners at the base, twice to finish the inning, using a double playing ball instead. want it
Mama said Jaffe would have days like this, but it got a little scary despite the recent signs of life.
Javier Páez has twice as many GIDPs (six) as he does in HR (three) this season.
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However, the Tigers had one lead, and Michael Vollmer held him to the bottom of eighth place. He got things started right, and he froze Travis Swaggerty with an electric plunger. Michael Perez lined up Cameron in the center of the field, hitting Fulmer Haze to finish a powerful run. Vollmer hit 97 mph multiple times and looked stronger than he has for most of this spring. This sent us to the top of the ninth.
Stratton confronted Torkelson first and hit him. Derek Hill was grounded to a shortstop, but Haas came with one solid streak to a center field. Stratton slipped 3-0, but worked his way up to the full count against Dazz Cameron. However, Cameron came in again, setting his own patented counter-field double for Haas to score and give Gregory Soto some breathing room at the bottom of the ninth.
Cameron had a really nice day on the board overall with a triple RBI and a double RBI for one hit against. Harold Castro was trailing Cameron for second.
This left it all in the hands of Gregory Soto at the bottom of the ninth. Brian Reynolds went to Shop to get things started. Michael Chaves lined up to Hill in Center Square. Soto temporarily lost the plot against Daniel Vogelbach, marching through five pitches, few of which were anywhere near the attacking area. Diego Castillo followed him with one goal in the middle, and that propelled Vogelbach into third place. Cal Mitchell had a fight, but Soto eventually fired a fastball at 101 mph by him and Mitchell missed the gauntlet for the third hit, his 12th match of the year.
The Tigers will have another day off on Thursday when they return home to face the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend. RHP Elvin Rodriguez starts as a welcome at RHP Jose Berrios Friday night at 7:05 PM EST. Beau Briskey vs. Kevin Gusman and Tarek Scobal vs. Ross Streibling will follow on Saturday and Sunday.