Tigers’ offense cruises in 10-3 victory, sweep Marlins


The Detroit Tigers were looking for the short, two game sweep of the Miami Marlins. Daniel Norris was on the mound for the Tigers and had himself a decent outing. Norris went five innings, scattered eight hits, gave up two runs (both earned) and struck out eight in his effort. The eight strikeouts were a new career high for the young left-hander. Both ball clubs would combine for 29 hits.

1st-3rd Innings: With two runners on base, Norris struck out both Marcell Ozuna & Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning, stranding both runners. Victor Martinez knocked in two runs with a base hit to right field. Justin Upton singled up the middle to give the Tigers their third run of the inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia made good contact on a pitch that went to deep left center field, that was ultimately caught, but would score Martinez on a sacrifice fly en route to a four-run inning for Detroit. Tom Koehler threw 46 totals pitches. Adeiny Hechavarria got the Marlins their first run of the game with an RBI triple, scoring Derek Dietrich. Ichiro Suzuki brought home Hechavarria with a bloop single to left field. Miguel Cabrera would missile a base hit up the middle to score Ian Kinsler in the second. Norris gave up just a single in the third, while recording his seventh strikeout, matching a career high for him. Tigers lead 5-2.

4th-6th Innings: Norris recorded his eighth strikeout of the game, setting a new career high mark for himself in the fourth. Miggy crushed a solo home run that hit the wall where the statues are out in left center field in the fourth. Steven Moya hit a line drive home run to right field in the fifth. Saltalamacchia mirrored Moya with a solo home run to right field of his own. There was a funny moment in the bottom of the fifth. After a strikeout, Marlins catcher, Jeff Mathis was on his way back to the dugout like the inning was over, but in reality, there were only two outs at the time. Alex Wilson replaced Norris entering the sixth inning. Hechavarria made a spectacular catch to rob Cabrera of a base hit to lead of the bottom of the sixth. Tigers lead 8-2.

7th-9th Innings: Marlins first baseman, Chris Johnson singled home a run in the seventh. Kyle Ryan replaced Wilson with two outs and two runners on base. Ryan struck out Dietrich, leaving both runners stranded. Cameron Maybin doubled home Kinsler in the eighth. Cabrera then singled home Maybin. Anibal Sanchez would pitch the ninth inning. Tigers win 10-3.

Game Notes:

  • The Detroit Tigers have 27 home runs in Interleague Play this season, which happens to be the most in all of baseball.
  • 345 total pitches were thrown in the game.

Up next: The Tigers will hit the road for an 11 game road trip before the All-Star break takes place. Detroit will have stops in Tampa, Cleveland and Toronto.