Detroit – Refurbished Detroit Tiger He came back with a thrilling victory over his division rival, the Chicago White Sox opening day at Comerica Park.
There was an air of excitement ahead of first court, as the Tigers’ starting lineup included two new stars – Austin Meadows and Javier Baez – new pitchers in Eduardo Rodriguez, and top prospect Spencer Turkelson.
But Rodriguez’s career with the Tigers got off to a rough start. He needed 31 pitches just to get through the first half and issued a back-to-back run with two sides to set the table for dodger Eloy Jimenez who scored the first round.
Another rally duo that burned Rodriguez in the second. After the first two hitters were retired, Jake Burger made a double hit down the right field line and was led by AJ Bullock with one. Lewis Robert followed with two goals to score Bullock a few moments later.
Rodriguez only lasted four rounds, allowing three runs with four hits and two walks while hitting only two hits.
Drew Hutchison spared Rodriguez and gave the Tigers two goalless runs, allowing only two hits.
Jeimer Candelario finally got the Tigers on the board at the bottom of the sixth place with a full count rule hit in the right center field. This came after Robbie Grossman took a ground kick and pulled Meadows out to lead the game.
The Tigers could have scored another run on player selection, but Candelario was called in to interfere with a slip at second base. As a result, Cabrera’s RBI turned into a de facto double.
Immediately after the Tigers entered the board, Alex Lang got out of the pen to close Ham. A single was allowed, but there was no further damage.
In the next frame, Jacob Barnes retired from the White Sox in order, needing only 12 shots.
The Tigers gathered a crowd in the eighth inning when Grossman made singles and the Meadows streaked his third run of the game by one lead. Baez followed him up with his first hit in a Tiger Leopard outfit – one lying in front of Jimenez in the left field of loading bases.
After calling up Candelario on the field 2-2, White Sox coach Tony La Russa chose to bring Liam Hendrix to the final round.
But Cabrera greeted the Hendriks with a first-class bloop that fell into the right center field at 79.4 mph to tie the game. Aqil Badu positioned himself in the 3rd position for recruiting loaded bases.
Two strokes later, Gregory Soto gave a massive home run to Andrew Vaughn, and the White Sox took the lead at right-back.
The tigers had more magic left. Eric Haas, who entered the match as an eighth inning hitter, pulverized a 3-2 fastball from Hendrix over the left field fence to tie the match.
The promoter kept the rally alive with a three-two, and Baez threw the exit blow right over Bullock’s gauntlet and off the right fence. It took a re-review to send the Tigers dancing on the field with their 5-4 victory.
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