MLB: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Jul 27, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) walks off the mound during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles (23-15) vs. Detroit Tigers  (19-19) 

First Pitch: 7:10 EST

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

Weather65°F • Partly Cloudy • 10% PoP

Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket

Tigers Lineup:

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

Pitching Results:

WP: Michael Fulmer (5-1, 2.72 ERA)

LP: Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 6.54 ERA)

S: Justin Wilson (3)


Game Notes:

Tyler Collins has not been good for the Tigers lately. In fact, he has been downright terrible. Collins entered the game on an 0 for 30 slide, which is the type of slump that starts to eat

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

away at you mentally (i.e Billy Beane). That all changed with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the 2nd inning of tonight’s game when Collins went deep to tie the game at 1-1.

If that wasn’t already enough to give Collins some much needed confidence, he encored with a three-run HR in the bottom of the 5th to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. It was a surprising yet amazing turn-of-events for Collins, who was on the verge of being sent down to the minors to work out his issues at the plate. In his next at-bat, he laced a double to left-center and the slump was officially over.

It was a fantastic night for the Tyler Collins and a huge momentum shift for the Tigers, who got seven innings from Michael Fulmer and nerve-wracking but complete 9th inning from Justin Wilson. After last night’s 13-inning marathon game, Detroit responded just the way any fan could hope for and need to carry that momentum into tomorrow’s rubber match.

Looking Ahead:

Speaking of, The Tigers and Orioles finish up their three-game set tomorrow at 1:10 PM EST when Jordan Zimmerman (3-2, 6.28 ERA) takes the mound against Dylan Bundy (5-1, 2.26 ERA) at Comerica Park. Bundy has been a pleasant surprise for Baltimore in just his second full MLB season. It’s a different story for the Tigers as Zimmerman has yet to find any type of form this season.