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Beau Brieske dazzles, but Gregory Soto implodes in Detroit Tigers’ 3-1 loss to Rangers

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According to A.J. Hinch, Thursday Detroit Tigers found another way to lose by losing 3-1 Texas Rangers.

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Detroit’s bullpen was used so much earlier in the week that Hinch had to use three players to pitch on Wednesday. On Thursday, Beau Briske tried to do the hard work himself.

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The rookie posted the best performance of his career, with seven close innings on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

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The 24-year-old threw in 94 pitches – 63 hits – and hit 13 swings and misses, six of which came on his slider in 17 innings.

Eric Haase of the Detroit Tigers (13) hit at home plate by Texas Rangers catcher John Heim (28) in the third inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday, June 16, 2022.
Eric Haase of the Detroit Tigers (13) hit at home plate by Texas Rangers catcher John Heim (28) in the third inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

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This gave the attack time to bring it forward; Robbie Grossman hit a sacrificial fly in the sixth inning to put the Tigers up 1–0.

It seemed to last until the ninth inning. Gregory Soto passed lead hitter Corey Seeger, hit Cole Calhoun with a pitch and passed Nathaniel Lowe to get Ezequiel Duran out with two strikeouts and loaded bases.

At 1-1, Duran made a treble down the right field line, scoring three goals to lead the Rangers to a 3-1 victory. The loss brings the Tigers down to 24-39.

Beau Briske of the Detroit Tigers plays against the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday, June 16, 2022.
Beau Briske of the Detroit Tigers plays against the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Brilliant Brieske

Brieske controlled the game from the start, starting the game in the 10th first inning and getting three outs with the ground ball.

After a poor single with two strikeouts in the second, he retired nine times in a row, going through the fourth inning with an economical 50 innings.

This led him to the fifth and his first misfortune of the night.

The Tigers used a shift against catcher John Heim, who retaliated with a hit on the third baseline for a single. On the next pitch, Lowe made a single to the center, putting runners in first and second with no outs.

Duran then appeared to start a 5–4 double play, but the ball was ruled a foul. Two innings later, Briesque appeared to hit the third, but home court umpire José Navas thought it was the right thing to do.

Briske didn’t flinch.

After a six-field battle, he had Duran land a soft hit on Javier Baez, who then flipped him over to Shupu for a second to double up Jaim.

Briske then knocked out Brad Miller on three innings – fastball, fastball, slider.

Then the defense came alive in the sixth inning. Brieske gave Marcus Semien a one-out and started Corey Seeger 2-0.

Semyon attempted to steal on the next pitch, but Briske intercepted him, who first threw to Spencer Thorkelson, who passed him to Baes, who was waiting on the second.

Seeger then walked around, picking up Adolis Garcia.

At 1-1, Garcia hit a ball that looked like it landed in the Rangers bullpen. But Thorkelson ran in, jumped over the fence to trap him for the final exit.

Briske pulled back 1-2-3 in the seventh inning with strikeouts from Calhoun and Heim to end his night, making him the second Tiger this season (the other being Tariq Skubal) in the last seven innings.

Eric Haase of the Detroit Tigers doubles against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday, June 16, 2022.
Eric Haase of the Detroit Tigers doubles against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Attack can’t take a big hit

The “tigers” had several chances, but they were often not realized.

Eric Haase opened third and moved up to second by a narrow margin.

Miguel Cabrera, who had already excelled in the first, then laced a 107 mph single to the right with two strikeouts. Tigers third base coach Ramon Santiago sent Haase home, but Garcia’s throw knocked him down easily.

In the fifth, Haase made a double with two strikeouts from the left, but Victor Reyes followed him with a touchdown to shortstop.

Finally, in the sixth inning. Willy Castro led with a sharp single to center, and two batters later, Baez launched an elevated 413-foot transition to center.

He landed just behind Leodie Tavares’ outstretched arm, bouncing into the bushes for a double strike.

Grossman came up and hit the hole 0-2 before hitting a flyball to the right. This time, Castro beat Garcia’s throw and increased the score 1-0.

Detroit led runners to seventh and eighth but failed to score.

Thorkelson worked out a single walk in the ninth—Detroit had at least one runner in every inning but the fourth—before Harold Castro hit a deep-flying ball to the left that was caught in the warning lane.

Haase, who was 2-for-3 in his last fight, cleared the ball hoping to end the game.

bullpen blues

For the entire team’s struggles this season, the bullpen has been a bright spot.

Michael Fulmer entered the top eight and worked on a one-out walk to get hitter Sam Huff and a weak exit from Markus Semien to get off the innings.

This is Fulmer’s ninth consecutive non-earned run appearance since May 18.

Lately, Soto has been on the heater too. Since May 13, he has only allowed one earned run in 14 outings.

But on Thursday, Soto sent Seager a preliminary walk before the landing crew came to clear the embankment. He took off one of Garcia’s kicks in the next bat before first gaining power.

He hit Calhoun in the next fight, resulting in Heim hitting the plate, who hit while looking at the ball just below the knees before Lowe went five pitches to load the bases.

Contact Tony Garcia at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @realtonygarcia.

This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers crashes in 9th inning, lost to Texas Rangers, 3-1



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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