David Price was absolutely brilliant in his first start of the 2015 season as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-0 before 45,030 fans at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI.
Price pitched 8 2/3 innings while giving up no runs on only five hits to the Twins batters. He also struck out five and walked none while throwing a total of 101 pitches, 75 of which were strikes.
Joe Nathan came on in relief with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and was able to strikeout Torii Hunter to end the game and preserve the victory for Price and the Tigers.
J.D. Martinez was able to get the scoring started for the Tigers in the bottom of the second inning when he drove an 0-1 pitch from Phil Hughes over the right-center field fence for a solo home run. The home run put the Tigers in front 1-0 and they never looked back.
Later in the same inning, Alex Avila refused to be shown up by Martinez as he blasted a two run home run over the left-field fence, scoring himself along with Yoenis Cespedes from second base.
Cespedes had an outstanding debut in a Tigers uniform as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple while scoring two of the Tigers four runs. Cespedes also showed why he is going to be an upgrade defensively as he robbed Kurt Suzuki of a home run.
The 4-0 victory came before a crowd of 45,030 fans, the 3rd largest Opening Day crowd in Comerica Park history and the 4th largest crowd overall at the stadium to watch the Tigers.
The Tigers will now have a day off on Tuesday as they prepare to face the Twins once again on Wednesday afternoon. Scheduled to pitch for the Tigers is Anibal Sanchez as he will be squaring off against Minnesota’s Ricky Nolasco.
I’m not sure a more perfect script could have been written for an Opening Day victory, let’s hope the journey continues on Wednesday!