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Detroit Tigers spend lots of time on 2nd base in 9-1 rout of Tampa Bay Rays

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Garret Hill got into trouble in the first inning.

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Bases are loaded, one left.

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However, the 26-year-old rookie was unharmed, and despite a solo home run in the second inning, provided that Detroit Tigers with the best exit of his career in Saturday’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays 9-1. in Comerica Park.

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The seventh inning with five runs also helped.

Before the game, the Tigers (43–66) retired Lou Whitaker’s No. 1 jersey during an on-field ceremony. The 40,101 tickets sold marked the largest non-Opening Day crowd since 41,053 fans showed up on August 6, 2016.

Tigers starter Garrett Hill plays against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Comerica Park.
Tigers starter Garrett Hill plays against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Comerica Park.

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In his sixth MLB start, Hill allowed one run on six hits and three walks with a career-high six strikeouts in 5⅔ innings. He recorded a career-high 15 hits and misses using all five innings and scored 54 of his 93 hits.

But Hill’s clean run began with a messy first half.

The batters got to one out safely: G-Man Choi (walk), Isaac Paredes (one), and David Peralta (one). Hill took care of the next two batters, sending José Siri flying to center and eliminating Luke Reilly on three innings.

Hill sent a 93 mph fastball—his fastest pitch—past Rayleigh for a sweeping third.

With two outs in the second round, Yu Chan launched a second-pitch slider for a solo home run to the left. Hill countered with a shot at Brandon Lowe, who swung and missed a couple of finger twists and a fastball.

In his 93 innings, Hill threw 40 four-seam fastballs (43%), 15 sliders (16%), 14 chain-ups (15%), 14 sinkers (15%), and 10 finger twists (11%). His blows fell on six quads, two sliders, four shifts, one sinker, and two knuckle turns.

His fastball speed averaged 91.1 miles per hour.

Hill allowed Christian Betancourt to hit a one-out double in the sixth inning, and after he called for a second out, right-hander Alex Lange took possession of Tampa Bay’s No. 9 slugger Chang.

Lange eliminated Chang with a curve ball for a full score.

Tigers shortstop Javier Baez doubles against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jimmy Iacoabonis (not pictured) during the seventh inning on August 6, 2022 at Comerica Park.
Tigers shortstop Javier Baez doubles against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jimmy Iacoabonis (not pictured) during the seventh inning on August 6, 2022 at Comerica Park.

SERIOUSLY, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO low from out from out of his mouth!!!: Remembering Whitaker’s best games with the Tigers.

Seventh heaven

The Tigers entered seventh to face Ray’s right-handed starter Shane McClanahan, who started the 2022 All-Star Game for the AL, by a 2-1 lead, but as the inning ended, the home team chased McClanahan and added five more. runs for a 7-1 lead.

Hymer Candelario opened seventh off the singles and Willy Castro doubled for two runners to score. Jonathan Shoop extended the lead to 3-1 with a sacrificial fly, forcing McClanahan to leave.

McClanahan, who started with a 2.07 ERA in 20 starts, allowed four runs on six hits in 6⅓ innings. He didn’t give in to a walk and struck out three batters. The Rays replaced him with right hand pitcher Jimmy Yakabonis.

The Tigers wasted no time in beating Yakabonis as Harold Castro doubled to the center to take a 4-1 lead. Yakabonis recorded the second half and then hit Riley Green with a slider in the leg.

Javier Báez drove through both Castro and Green in runs 5 and 6 with a double rocket blast off the left field wall. He hit the ball at 111.1 mph and the ball traveled 322 feet, his 22nd double this season.

Miguel Cabrera extended the Tigers’ lead to 7-1 with one RBI from the right.

In the eighth round, the Race sent Chang – a positional player – to the mound due to a six-round deficit. He conceded a single to Candelario and Shoop made Chung pay for stepping on the rubber by crushing a curve ball at 40 mph over the left wall of a two-run home run field.

It was Shoop’s eighth homer of the season.

Hello Luis Castillo

For much of the game against McClanahan, it looked like another struggle for the Tigers’ offense, which started Saturday averaging 3.2 points per game.

That was until Harold Castro entered the court in the fifth round.

With Willie Castro at second base, he hit a slider with two outs and two hits from fellow left-hander McClanahan in a singles RBI and a tie. Reyes then made an RBI double on a crooked ball to take a 2–1 lead.

The Tigers’ bullpen also stepped up, with left-hander Andrew Chafin blocked in seventh, right-hander Joe Jimenez knocked out three batters in the eighth, and right-hander Luis Castillo made his MLB debut in the ninth.

Castillo hit the first batter he faced, Taylor Walls, and then pinned two singles around Lowe’s lineout for a second out. Former Tiger Isaac Paredes, who was traded in April, ended the game in third place.

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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers toast Ray, 9-1, with a pearl from rookie Garrett Hill




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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