Sanchez pitches seven strong innings, Tigers offense breaks out in 8-3 win over Minnesota

After earning a series split with the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park over the weekend, the Tigers hit the road and traveled to Minnesota to take on the Twins. Coming into tonight’s game, the Tigers were 7-2 against the Twins in 2016. Behind a quality start from Anibal Sanchez, the Tigers won 8-3 to move to 8-2 on the season against the Twins. Here is how it broke down tonight:

1st-3rd Innings: Twins starter Kyle Gibson was able to get through the first inning with relative ease, retiring all three batters in order. The second inning was not as kind to him, however, as he lost his command. After going to a 3-0 count on Justin Upton, who then ripped a double down the left field line, Gibson walked James McCann to load the bases before going to 2-0 on Cameron Maybin. Maybin then drew a walk to score the first run of tonight’s game. The Twins tied the game up in the third inning off of a triple by Jorge PolancoJoe Mauer followed the triple up with a ground out to score Polanco from third and give the Twins the lead. Minnesota leads 2-1

4th-6th Innings: The Tigers offense struck again in the fifth inning after Maybn drew a lead off walk. A stolen base and errant throw put Maybin on third base with no outs. Eric Aybar drove Maybin in with a ball hit to the gap, but Aybar was throw out trying to stretch the hit into a double. Minnesota re-took the lead with a home run by Brian Dozier in the bottom of the fifth inning. The lead did not last long for Minnesota as the Tigers used a pair of wild pitches from Gibson to score the tying run. A Maybin single would score two more and give the Tigers the lead after six. Detroit leads 5-3

7th-9th Innings: The Tigers offense did not stop producing in the seventh inning as Eric Aybar increased the Tigers lead with his third home run of the season. Not to be left out of the fun, Victor Martinez launched a mammoth home run to right field  in the seventh to increase the Tigers lead to five runs. Sanchez pitched a solid 7 innings, giving up only three earned runs and walking none. The Tigers bullpen took care of the Twins the rest of the way as the Tigers came away with the victory in game one of the series. Final Score, Tigers win 8-3

Game Notes:

  • J.D. Matinez’s single in the sixth inning extended his hitting streak to 13 games
  • Aybar’s home run in the seventh inning was his first as a member of the Detroit Tigers

Up Next: The Tigers and Twins continue their series tomorrow evening as Matt Boyd looks to continue his impressive string of starts dating back to the beginning of July. Boyd will be looking to earn his fifth win of the season.