Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire had his frustrations boil over in Friday night’s 6-3 loss to the visiting Minnesota Twins.
With his team trying to break out of a tough stretch at Comerica Park — the Tigers (23-37) have now lost 13 of their last 14 home games — Gardenhire’s evening was a quick one.
In the third inning, the skipper was ejected for arguing a balk call on starting pitcher Matthew Boyd. Gardenhire had a heated discussion with home plate umpire James Hoye before being tossed.
It was his 81st career ejection and fourth this season.
“I know he sticks up for me; he’s got all our backs in here,” said Boyd (5-4, 3.08 ERA). “He’s one of the best. He’s instilled that culture here.”
Boyd, who pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and two wild pitches, didn’t seem pleased with the balk call, either.
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“All you can say is the umpire called it, right?” said Boyd, who struck out eight — all swinging — and walked none. “He’s the dictator out there. He called a balk.”
Boyd gave the Tigers a chance to win but didn’t pitch his best Friday night. He left with the score tied, 3-3, but then the Twins (42-20) scored twice in the eighth off Joe Jimenez.
“Joe’s an All-Star, he’s one of the best set-up men in the league,” Boyd said. “This sort of thing happens. Ups and downs happen in baseball.”
Jimenez allowed a leadoff home run to Nelson Cruz and an RBI single to Marwin Gonzalez. Cruz’s blast, which came on a 95 mph inside fastball, barely cleared the right field wall.
“It was supposed to be away, and it was in,” Jimenez (2-4, 5.11 ERA, 1.461 WHIP) said of the home run pitch. “You think I miss it or not? What do you want me to say — you can see through your eyes.”
The Tigers tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth, putting runners on second and third, but Dawel Lugo grounded out to end the threat.
Detroit put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but designated hitter Miguel Cabrera lined out to second base.
“I feel like we played pretty decent baseball,” said Tigers catcher John Hicks. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. I don’t think we’ve been playing bad. We’ll just keep grinding.”
Outfielder JaCoby Jones had his career-long 12-game hitting streak end, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk.
Cabrera, on the other hand, went 3-for-5, with two singles and a double.
In the fourth, he doubled down the left field line against Twins starter Michael Pineda. Cabrera – now playing with “chronic” pain in his right knee – tagged up to third on Brandon Dixon’s flyout to right-center, scoring on Ronny Rodriguez’s double and making it 2-2.
In the fifth, the Tigers took a 3-2 advantage on Nicholas Castellanos’ RBI single. Minnesota tied it in the sixth on C.J. Cron’s home run.
Published at Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:29:53 +0000