On a gray day at Comerica Park, complete with accompanying sprinkles throughout, the Detroit Tigers lost badly.
There was little sunshine in this one, from left-hander Ryan Carpenter’s abysmal outing – he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 3⅔ innings – to the Tigers’ disappearing-act offense – they scored two runs – to Nicholas Castellanos getting doubled off second base on a fly ball to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins, 12-2. With the series loss, they stand 18 games behind the Twins (43-21) in the American League Central division standings.
The game was decided by the midway point, when Minnesota chased Carpenter in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs to open up a seven-run lead.
Carpenter was hit hard. He allowed four extra-base hits, including home runs to Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano. From there, the Tigers used four relievers, including veteran right-hander Carlos Torres, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo before the game.
Torres allowed three runs on two home runs in two innings. He struck out three batters.
Offensively, the Tigers (24-38) scored two runs but were only credited for one RBI: In the first inning, Castellanos grounded into a double play, plating a run; in the seventh, JaCoby Jones hit an RBI double.
The Tigers are off Monday before heading to Kansas City and Omaha for a three-game series against the Royals.
Here are three observations from Sunday:
It was short, with the Twins rocketing baseballs all around the field. Of their 10 hits, seven were struck with an exit velocity of more than 100 mph. The lefty had pitched solidly in his past three starts – most recently allowing two runs over seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night – but this was not his day. Cruz’s two-run home run in the first put the Tigers in an early three-run hole. In the loss, Carpenter’s season ERA rose to 7.89.
The other side
The Twins appear to have wrestled the AL Central away from the Cleveland Indians by outspending them in the offseason: The Twins are very good. And they’re going to be a problem in the division for a long time, with a strong farm system lurking behind. Minnesota has a deep lineup, mashers – Cruz, Sano, Max Kepler – and perhaps the most exciting player in the game in center fielder, Byron Buxton. They are said to be looking for bullpen help leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. A note on Cruz: He has now hit 28 career home runs against the Tigers, including the postseason.
Between the lines
Two plays seemed to capture the Tigers’ plight in this loss. With former Twin Austin Adams pitching in the fifth – he was claimed off waivers by the Tigers two weeks ago – Eddie Rosario hit a slow ground ball that died near the pitching mound, scooped up by shortstop Niko Goodrum, with all runners safe. It was that kind of day. Then, after beating out an infield single in the sixth, Castellanos appeared to lose track of how many outs there were, cruising with ease to third base on a fly ball to right field. Castellanos was doubled up.
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Published at Sun, 09 Jun 2019 21:00:44 +0000