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Detroit Tigers’ offense still humming, but not enough in 5-2 loss at Boston Red Sox

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Detroit Tigers scored 21 runs in last two games at Comerica Parkwinning back-to-back matches with the Texas Rangers to split the series. For the first time this season, the Tigers have scored at least five runs in consecutive games.

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The Tigers then went to Fenway Park.

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The rendezvous with the Boston Red Sox reminded the Tigers of their reality: The recent offensive surge, the result of quality plates throughout the roster, was much needed, but the Tigers aren’t close to getting out of the hole they’ve dug.

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The Tigers lost 5-2 to the Red Sox in Game 1 of Monday’s three-game series, with the offense producing 10 hits and one walk against five pitchers. In 2022, the Tigers (26-41) average 2.87 runs per game.

Tigers manager AJ Hinch visits the mound during the fifth inning on Monday, June 20, 2022 in Boston.
Tigers manager AJ Hinch visits the mound during the fifth inning on Monday, June 20, 2022 in Boston.

Red Sox right-hander Josh Winkowski, who started with a 4.50 ERA, hit 6⅔ innings with two runs in his third MLB start. After the meeting with the Tigers, Winkowski’s ERA fell to 3.68.

The 23-year-old, who was drafted in the 15th round in 2016, gave up seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Tigers rookie Riley Green finished 1-for-3 in his third MLB game with one walk and one strikeout.

Tigers right-hander Alex Faedo, in his ninth MLB start, allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 4⅓ innings, hitting 58 of 93 innings per strike.

Tigers center fielder Riley Green scores during the second half against the Red Sox on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.
Tigers center fielder Riley Green scores during the second half against the Red Sox on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.

While 10 hits wasn’t enough, the Tigers got them from eight different players: Baez (two hits), Thorkelson (two hits), Green, Candelario, Shoop, Victor Reyes, Robbie Grossman, and Tucker Barnhart.

Thorkelson went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

The Red Sox scored five runs on nine hits and two walks.

The opportunity to score multiple runs came late in the game as the Tigers put two runners into scoring position in the eighth inning. Baez created a chance by scoring a double with two strikeouts and two strikes on right pitcher John Schreiber’s slider.

But Green put both runners in a tight spot, running out of the game looking for a third out.

Signs of life

The Tigers hit their first run in the second inning.

Rookie Spencer Thorkelson equalized the score at 1-1 by donating the ball into midfield. He beat Green, who made a five-pitch walk with one out. Between Green’s walk and Thorkelson’s sacrificial flight, Jamer Candelario, fresh off the injured list, stood out in left field, though he didn’t score.

Green advanced from first base to third on Candelario’s single.

Tigers first baseman Spencer Thorkelson is the victim, allowing Riley Greene to score in the second inning on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.
Tigers first baseman Spencer Thorkelson is the victim, allowing Riley Greene to score in the second inning on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.

One player reached base in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, including a double from Javier Báez in the fourth, but the Tigers were unable to score again until the seventh frame.

Winkowski came back seventh and allowed Green to take the lead, but he bounced back, forcing Candelario to land a double play in the first two strikeouts.

Thorkelson and Shoop followed Winkowski with a pair of double hits. Thorkelson came into center field on a two-pitch sinker and Shoop took him out on a second pitch slider, which he hammered into deep right center field for an RBI double.

At that time, the Tigers were losing 5-2.

Red Sox pitcher Josh Winkowski pitches during the first half against the Tigers on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.
Red Sox pitcher Josh Winkowski pitches during the first half against the Tigers on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.

After Shupa’s RBI double, Red Sox manager Alex Cora pulled Winkowski in favor of left-handed pitcher Jake Dickman. Tigers manager A.J. Hinch retaliated by hitting the power-wielding Eric Haase with a right-hander instead of Barnhart.

Haase lined up to finish the top seventh.

Faedo’s not high point

The Red Sox wasted no time against Faedo.

However, Faedo did himself no favors by beating Jarren Duran, the first batsman, over five fields. Duran stole second base and hit JD Martinez’s goal to give the Red Sox a 1–0 lead.

Tigers pitcher Alex Faedo pitches during the first half against the Red Sox on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.
Tigers pitcher Alex Faedo pitches during the first half against the Red Sox on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.

Double doubles from Duran (on a third-pitch slider) and Rafael Devers (on a full-count fastball) in the third inning made the Red Sox 2–1, but Faedo avoided further damage by eliminating the next three batters. With: Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Alex Verdugo.

Faedo, who didn’t have his best slider, needed 60 pitches to complete three innings.

The Red Sox completed their third run in the fourth inning, which began with an on-field error by Green. Trevor Storey advanced to third base on a Franchi Cordero single and scored in a 3-1 lead on Christian Vasquez’s sacrificial fly.

Red Sox second baseman Trevor Storey (left and right) fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. gives five after Storey hit a goal during the fourth inning against the Tigers on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.
Red Sox second baseman Trevor Storey (left and right) fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. gives five after Storey hit a goal during the fourth inning against the Tigers on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.

Sending Faedo to the mound in the fifth inning cost the Tigers dearly. He put runners on corners—Verdugo (single) and Storey (double)—with one out before left-handed pitcher Tyler Alexander took over.

Cordero drilled Alexander’s first pitch cutter for a two-RBI single. His hit put the Red Sox up 5-1.

In his 93 innings, Faedo used 45 four-seam fastballs (48%), 43 sliders (46%) and five substitutions (5%). He recorded seven swings and misses – four with his slider – and 15 strikes. Faedo has rarely used his sub, which he has used 15.6% of the time this season.

After Faedo’s exit in the Tigers’ bullpen, the scoreboard was marked with zeros: 1⅔ innings from Alexander, one inning from right-hander Joe Jimenez, and one inning from right-hander Will West.

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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: The Detroit Tigers offense is still buzzing but lost 5-2 to the Red Sox.




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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