MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers Tyler Collins (18) hits a sacrifice fly to score center fielder JaCoby Jones (not pictured) to win the game in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins (5-3) vs. Detroit Tigers  (6-2)

Box Score from MLB.com

First Pitch: 1:10 EST

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit

Weather: High 59 degrees, 0% chance of rain according to weather.com

Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket

Tigers lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
  2. Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
  3. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  4. Victor Martinez (DH)
  5. Justin Upton (LF)
  6. Tyler Collins (RF)
  7. James McCann (C)
  8. Andrew Romine (CF)
  9. Jose Iglesias (SS)

Hitters Box Score from MLB.com

Pitching Results:

WP: Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.25 ERA)

LP: Kyle Gibson (0-1, 8.00 ERA)

SV: Alex Wilson (1)

Game Notes: 

Michael Fulmer struggled in the first three frames, throwing 75 pitches to get nine outs; he

Aug 19, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

also surrendered three runs in those innings. But then he battled through three more innings, throwing ultimately 110 pitches, and keeping the Twins at bay. He did what Tigers pitching has done all year long, which is to minimize the damage and keep the Tigers offense within striking distance of the lead.

Speaking of that offense, the Tigers again put up four runs or more, something they have done in four of their six wins. Today Andrew Romine led the way, clubbing a 2-out grand slam into the cheap seats in right field — the first grand slam of his career. Tyler Collins also pitched in with an RBI single earlier in the fourth inning.

The much maligned bullpen did an outstanding job today in relief, pitching 3 innings of shut-out baseball. Kyle Ryan and Alex Wilson took control of the Twins lineup who didn’t much threaten, until the ninth. In the ninth Wilson walked two twins hitters with two outs. However, he closed the door when Eduardo Escobar flew out to centerfielder Andrew Romine — earning Wilson his first save this season, and flying the Tigers to the top of the American League Central standings.

Looking Ahead: 

Tomorrow the Tigers wrap up their series with the Twins at 1:10 EST. Jordan Zimmermann will take the bump opposite Phil Hughes. In his last start, Zimmermann went six innings and limited the damage of seven hits resulting in just one earned run. The Tigers will look to extend their current three-game winning streak and then welcome the Cleveland Indians to town for the weekend.

 

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