Mike Pelfrey took the mound today against the Tampa Bay Rays, looking to give the Detroit Tigers the rare 4-game road sweep. The Tigers came in looking to move their five-game winning streak up to six; a span in which they have outscored their opponents 40-19.
A great outing and timely hitting would give the Tigers all they need in order to complete the sweep of the Rays, earning a 5-1 victory on Sunday.
Detroit loaded the bases in the top of the first inning before making an out, then failed to score as Chris Archer struck out the next three. Mike Pelfrey made quick work of the Rays, using only eight pitches to get them 1-2-3, the lowest pitch count for an inning all year for him. Tigers were held hitless in the second and third, and Pelfrey shut the Rays down again keeping the game scoreless.
(THRU 3: TIED 0-0)
Curt Casali opened the scoring in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double, plating Nick Franklin. Steven Moya made a fantastic grab to end the sixth, doubling off Logan Morrison at first.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 3, 2016
Not much doing for the Tigers in the middle set of innings. Just singles from Justin Upton in the 4th and Jose Iglesias in the 6th for Detroit, but they were unable to further capitalize on the base knocks.
(THRU 6: TB LEADS 1-0)
Pelfrey left after 6.1 IP giving up only 1 ER; he left the bases loaded for reliever Bruce Rondon, who struck out Logan Forsythe and got Brad Miller to fly out to end the threat.
In the top of the 8th, Kinsler came around from second base on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Victor Martinez, tying the game at one run apiece. Upton later in the inning followed with a bases clearing two-run double, scoring Cameron Maybin and Nick Castellanos, giving Detroit their first lead at 3-1.
In the top of the 9th, Kinsler deposited one into the left field seats for a second straight game, his 16th home run of the year and No. 200 of his career.
How about 200 career homers for Ian Kinsler! pic.twitter.com/WvgXLxBhi1
— Michigan Sports Guy (@MIsportsguy) July 3, 2016
Kyle Ryan shut the door in the ninth to seal the victory and series sweep for the Tigers.
(FINAL SCORE – DET 5, TB 1)
ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES
- There has been a total of five 4-game sweeps in the last 30 years. The Tigers have now swept two 4-game series in the last two weeks. Once at home, and once on the road.
- With home run No. 200 in his career, Kinsler becomes the 40th player in Major League Baseball history to achieve 200 home runs, 1,000 runs, 1,600 hits and 200 stolen bases
UP NEXT: The Tigers will continue their 11-game road trip and take their six-game winning streak into Cleveland and deal with an Indians club that has been knocked around this weekend after seeing their franchise-best 14-game winning streak come to an end.
I’m sure neither team will have any problem getting pumped up for the series, for their own respective reasons. Detroit is ‘0fer’ in nine tries against the Tribe in 2016, being outscored 60-20 in the process.