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Detroit Tigers’ Tarik Skubal struggles again in 6-2 loss as Boston Red Sox sweep series

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In Tarik Skubal’s last four starts, the 25-year-old has allowed 18 runs in 20⅔ innings. He started the season with a 2.15 ERA in his first 10 starts but has since stumbled.

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The third inning was decisive for Scubal and Detroit Tigers on Wednesday Lost 6-2 to Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox won a three-game streak and the Tigers fell to 26–43 this season.

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The Tigers, averaging 2.87 runs per game, are 17 games short of a .500 record.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (29) walks to the dugout after his shift during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (29) walks to the dugout after his shift during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
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Scubal gave up six runs on six hits and three walks on five strikeouts in 4⅔ innings. The Red Sox beat him four runs in the third inning, then two more in the fifth inning to chase him from his 14th start.

The third with four runs started with Christian Vasquez’s double on a fastball on the first pitch. Scubal passed the next batter, Bobby Dulbek, on three pitches, while Jaren Duran doubled Vazquez to level the score at 2-2.

Rob Refsnyder gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead with a two-run home run despite being 0-2 down on the scoreboard. He fouled on a slider on third pitch, and when Skubal responded with another slider, Refsnyder hit his first home run of the season just behind the redline over the Green Monster on the left.

Skubal threw 29 throws in the third inning and it took him 59 throws to record his first nine strikeouts. He threw cleanly in the first and second innings, and the lone base runner reached for Javier Baez’s shooting error in the first.

Skubal has a 3.63 ERA this season.

A little help from the attack

The offense didn’t help Scubal, who managed just two runs on five hits and three walks per game. Red Sox right-hander Michael Wacha hit six innings with two runs, five hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

Detroit’s only runs came from Baez in the first inning.

Javier Baez of the Detroit Tigers pumps his fists after hitting a double home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Javier Baez of the Detroit Tigers pumps his fists after hitting a double home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Rookie Riley Greene, after hitting .375 in his first five MLB games, fouled three fields and took three balls to set up a seventh-field fastball at full count. The southpaw took advantage of this fastball, hitting the ball into the opposite gap in the field.

In Wednesday’s game, manager AJ Hinch moved Green, who finished with one in four at-bats, to second in the batting order for the first time in his career.

Baez followed Green’s single by extending his hitting streak to seven games. He hit a fastball on the first pitch for a home run over the Green Monster in left field, giving the Tigers a 2–0 lead.

The ball traveled 376 feet and was hit at an exit speed of 105.2 mph.

In his last seven games, Baez is 11-for-27 (.407) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, four RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. At the start of the season, he had a .189 batting average with three homers in 50 games.

The Tigers, four runs behind, put corner runners—Baez (walk) and Miguel Cabrera (single)—to open the sixth inning against Wacha. Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman were out, and Spencer Thorkelson lined up to delay runners in the last inning of Wacha’s job.

Baez went 2 for 3 with a home run and a walk; Thorkelson finished 0-for-3 and hit .192 in 63 games this season.

Chasing Scoobal

The Red Sox forced Scubal off the mound in the fifth inning.

Refsnyder scored his second and final hit for a one-out double. JD Martinez won a 10-pitch battle with Scubal.

The continued appearance of the plate led to a visit from the mound, but Scubal threw three balls in a row to Xander Bogarts, the next batter in Boston’s dangerous lineup. Skubal returned to a full count and instigated the stoppage by advancing runners to second and third.

Tarik Skubal of the Detroit Tigers plays in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Tarik Skubal of the Detroit Tigers plays in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

With two outs, Alex Verdugo brought Hinch out of the dugout, sending a two-seam fastball into left field. The kick sent Refsnyder and Martinez to the Red Sox 6-2.

Hinch replaced Scubal with Joe Jimenez. He silenced Trevor Storey to finish the fifth inning. It was Scubal’s shortest match since his first start of the season on April 10 against the Chicago White Sox. In that game, he had four innings on 79 pitches.

Skubal used 99 pitches (66 hits) in Wednesday’s loss: 26 sliders, 25 two-seam fastballs, 25 four-seam fastballs, 20 substitutions and three twist balls. He has increased his use of the substitute in each of his last four starts.

The Tigers received scoreless innings from three pitchers: Jimenez in the final out in the fifth and all three outs in the sixth, Willy Peralta in the seventh, and Jason Foley in the eighth.

Foley allowed Storey a single but struck out the next three batters. He hit Vasquez (leader, looking), Bobby Dalbuck (leader, looking) and Jeter Downes (sliding, swinging).

He threw 11 out of 16 pitches.

Downs finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his MLB debut.

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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Tarik Skubal of the Detroit Tigers fights off a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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