Tigers pound out 14 hits in 10-2 rout of Rays

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Coming off their wild and unbelievable comeback win in Thursday’s 10-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Detroit Tigers were looking to carry the momentum they built during that 8-run 9th inning on Thursday into Friday’s game against former Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly, who has struggled more this season than in recent years.

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That is exactly what happened, the offense kept on clicking and behind another impressive outing from Michael Fulmer, the Tigers trounce the Rays in a 10-2 blowout, taking the first two games in the series.


INNINGS 1 – 3

Not much doing for either side in the first three frames of the game, each time had just one base runner. Miguel Cabrera walked with two outs in the 1st inning, and then Corey Dickerson got a two-out, two-strike single off Fulmer.

The two starters Fulmer and Smyly were cruising efficiently, both recorded five punchouts through the first three innings.
(TIED 0-0)


INNINGS 4 – 6

The Tigers got their first hit and scored the first run of the game in the 4th inning. After Cameron Maybin led off with a base, it was Nick Castellanos doubling to left with two down, allowing Maybin score and give Detroit a 1-0 lead.

Moving onto the 5th inning, Detroit got two more runs again with two outs. Mike Aviles reached on an error to lead off the inning and after stealing in the next at-bat, he advances to third on a base hit from Jose Iglesias. After a an Ian Kinsler fly ball for the second out in the inning that allowed Iglesias to advance to second, Maybin came up and singled them both in, giving the Tigers a 3-0 cushion for Fulmer.

Fulmer just kept doing his thing in the middle frames of the game. He struck out three more and allowed just a leadoff walk in the 6th.
(DET LEADS 3-0)


INNINGS 7 – 9

The Tigers continued their offensive roll and really blew the doors open once the 7th inning came around. After loading the bases with two outs, Smyly still pitching well north of 100 pitches threw a wild pitch in an at-bat vs. Miguel Cabrera that got away from the catcher Hank Conger. This allowed James McCann, who had one of his three hits to lead off the 7th, to score from third and make it a 4-0 game. The wild pitch also allowed Maybin, who walked in the previous at-bat, to advance to second.

Walking Cabrera signaled the end for Smyly, the two runners on base his responsibility. In comes Danny Farquhar, who then proceeded to give up a three-run home run to Victor Martinez. Victor’s 15th homer made it a 7-0 lead in favor of the Tigers.

Fulmer pitched what was his final inning on the evening in the 7th. His final line: 7 IP, 2 H, BB, 10 K (Smyly: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 8 K).

Both teams exchanged scoreless 8th innings. Shane Greene needed just 11 pitches to get his three outs, striking out one batter.

In the 9th, the Tigers got the the Rays’ bullpen once more but with game virtually decided. Singles by Maybin and Cabrera to start the inning set the table for Martinez, who proceeded to launch his second jack of the game, giving him 16 on the season.

Tampa did break up the shutout in the home half of the 9th. They got a leadoff single from Logan Fortsythe followed by a two-run home run from Brad Miller to make it 10-2, off Tigers’ struggling veteran reliever Mark Lowe. Lowe did bounce back and get two strikeouts and a fly ball out to end the ball game in convincing fashion for the Tigers.
(FINAL: DET 10, TB 2)


ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES

UP NEXT: The Tigers will look to extend their modest four-game winning streak on Saturday when they give the ball to Justin Verlander, who got shelled for 8 ER in just 4.2 his last time out vs. Cleveland. He had a 2.34 ERA in his previous nine starts. JV has 3.49 ERA in 14 career starts vs the Rays franchise in his career.

On the other side, Detroit will get their first of what will likely be many looks vs. Rays rookie pitcher Blake Snell, one of the most highly-touted prospects heading into this season. Snell has made four starts for Tampa this season, compiling a 3.54 ERA. That is ballooned from a 2.40 ERA after allowing 4 ER in 5.1 IP against Boston his last time out.

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MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (News-Herald, Press & Guide).